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Men's Tennis

The University of Dubuque men’s tennis program continues to improve and compete among the best in the country. In 2010, UD captured a singles USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championship and the Spartans qualified an individual for the NCAA Division III National Singles Championships.

The squad will play around 20 matches per year as they travel around the Midwest as well as to Florida and Washington, D.C. over spring break. Six recently completed outdoor courts and four indoor multi-purpose courts allow the Spartans to play and practice in any weather conditions.


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Men and Women’s Tennis Teams Rout Bethany Lutheran

It was a successful debut for the University of Dubuque men’s tennis team and an equally impressive home rout for the women’s tennis team as they both gain victories over Bethany Lutheran, 8-1.

Spartans Men's Tennis Edge Loras

The University of Dubuque men's tennis dropped two out of three doubles matches on Thursday, but rallied to defeat the Loras College Duhawks 5-4 when they captured four singles matches.

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Men's Tennis Team

Front Row (L-R): Zebulon Hill, Nikolay Gospodinov, Matthew Sablay, Richard Rhinehart

Back Row (L-R): Head coach Claudio Giraldi, Ranfer Hernandez, Andrew Drummond, CeeJay Schaffner, Tim Drummond

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Andrew Drummond Junior Joliet, Ill.
Tim Drummond Freshman Joliet, Ill.
Nikolay Gospodinov Senior Meisiers, Belgium
Jordan Hamling Freshman Forsyth, Mo.
Ranfer Hernandez Freshman Chia Cundinamarca, Colombia
Zebulon Hill Freshman San Diego, Calif.
Duy Nguyen Sophomore Davenport, Iowa
Richard Rhinehart Freshman Walnut Creek, Calif.
Matthew Sablay Freshman Rowland Heights, Calif.
CeeJay Schaffner Freshman Fountain City, Wis.


Fall 2014 Schedule

Sept.  13

Bethany Lutheran College

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 8-1

Sept.  19

IIAC Individual

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Sept.  20

IIAC Individual

Cedar Rapids, Iowa



Season Statistics


University of Dubuque Tennis Coaches Profile
Claudio Giraldi
Claudio Giraldi
Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach

BBA, MBA, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: (563) 589-3706
Office Location: Mercer-Birgmingham
Biography - Click to close

Claudio Giraldi has been named Head Women’s and Men’s Tennis Coach at the University of Dubuque, Director of Athletics Dan Runkle announced today.

"I am pleased to welcome Claudio to our coaching staff," commented Runkle. "Claudio was a leader for us on our men’s tennis team, and we look forward to him continuing to build a quality program for our men and women as they compete in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference."

Giraldi was a four-year letter winner and a member of the men’s tennis team for the University of Dubuque Spartans from 2007-2011. In high school, Giraldi was 2005 Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) European Champion and runner-up in 2006 in tennis. He was a varsity soccer player and was a member of the 2006 DoDDS European Soccer Championship Team. He was named an All-Europe and All-Conference team honoree at SHAPE American High School.

“I’m excited to be involved as head coach,” commented Giraldi. “I’m looking forward to the challenges and making our men’s and women’s team successful in the competitive Iowa Conference. To be named head coach of the school I played for is an honor. I love the University of Dubuque, and I hope to transfer my enthusiasm to current and future student-athletes.”

Giraldi added, “My goal is to finish this season strong and retain current players by sharing my vision for the future of Spartan women’s and men’s tennis while motivating them. I believe in hard work, being positive, and working as a team. I will be giving as much as I expect to receive from them now and into the future.”

Giraldi is a native of Rome, Italy and learned to play tennis in Santa Marinella, Italy from coach Carlo Oroni. He was a graduate from SHAPE American High School in Mons, Belgium. He graduated from University of Dubuque in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources and a minor in marketing. Giraldi received his master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Dubuque in 2013.

Dishon Deering
Dishon Deering
Assistant Men's and Women's Tennis Coach

Office Phone: (563) 589-3706
Office Location: Mercer-Birmingham
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Deering was a four-year letterwinner for the University of Dubuque in men's tennis. He was Academic All-Iowa Conference for three years and graduated cum laude in criminal justice in 2014 with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and was active in community service while at UD. He was a member of the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at UD and was selected to be part of a regional SAAC Leadership Workshop.

Deering was a varsity student-athlete who competed in every singles position 1-6 throughout his career as a Spartan. He is a native of Winter Springs, Fla. where he was a three-year letterwinner at WInter Springs High School and was a district runner-up.



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