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Women's Tennis

The past three seasons, the University of Dubuque women’s tennis squad has won more dual meets than previous years combined. It's a perfect time to become part of a program establishing a competitive and fun atmosphere for players of all levels. The team members must have a passion for tennis and want to grow and develope better skills while playing approximately 20 matches per year as they travel around the Midwest. Trips have included Florida and Washington, D.C. over spring break. If you're looking for a place to learn and grow your skills both on and off the court, then University of Dubuque is what you're looking for. The Spartans have 18 Academic All-Iowa Conference selections in its history.

Six recently completed outdoor courts and four indoor multi-purpose courts allow the Spartans to practice and compete in any weather conditions.



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Giraldi Named Head Women’s and Men’s Tennis Coach

Claudio Giraldi (C’11) has been named Head Women’s and Men’s Tennis Coach at the University of Dubuque, Director of Athletics Dan Runkle announced today.

IIAC Women's Tennis Individual Tournament Canceled Due to Inclement Weather

The 2013 Iowa Conference Women's Tennis Individual Tournament scheudled for Friday, October 6th through Saturday, October 7th has been cancelled. The threat of severe weather in the Decorah area has forced the tournament to be called off without a makeup date.

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Women's Tennis Team

Front Row: Samantha Serd, Stephanie LoCasto, Aoi Karino, and Alexandra Dixon.
Back Row: Ashley Schlueter, Janine Wegner, Marissa Rutenbeck, Estephani Ambriz-Guzman, Taylor Fortmann, and Chelsea Borden.

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Estephani Ambriz-Guzman Freshman Round Lake, Ill.
Alexandra Dixon Sophomore Camanche, Iowa
Taylor Fortmann Freshman Sherrill, Iowa
Aoi Karino Senior Yokota, Japan
Stephanie LoCasto Junior Lake Zurich, Ill.
Marissa Rutenbeck Sophomore Maquoketa, Iowa
Ashley Schlueter Junior Hiawatha, Iowa
Samantha Serd Junior Dubuque, Iowa



Aug. 30

at Ripon College

Ripon, Wis.

12:00 p.m.

Aug. 30

at Marion College

Ripon, Wis.

3:00 p.m.

Sept. 03

Vs. Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

4:15 p.m.

Sept. 06

at Central College

Pella, Iowa

9:00 a.m.

Sept. 06

at Simpson College

Pella, Iowa

2:00 p.m.

Sept. 10

Vs. Wartburg College

Dubuque, Iowa

2:30 p.m.

Sept. 13

Vs. Bethany Lutheran College

Dubuque, Iowa

1:00 p.m.

Sept. 16

Vs. Luther College

Dubuque, Iowa

4:00 p.m.

Sept. 18

Vs. St. Ambrose University

Dubuque, Iowa

4:00 p.m.

Sept. 23

at Augustana College

Rock Island, Ill.

4:00 p.m.

Sept. 25

at Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

3:00 p.m.

Sept. 27

at Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa

9:00 a.m.

Sept. 27

at Grandview College

Storm Lake, Iowa

1:00 p.m.

Oct. 03-04

at IIAC Individual Tourney

Pella, Iowa


Oct. 08

at Cornell College

Mt. Vernon, Iowa

4:00 p.m.

Oct. 11

at UW-La Crosse

La Crosse, Wis.

2:30 p.m.


Date Opponent Location Time/Result
August 24, 2013 UD Fun Doubles Dubuque, Iowa  ..........
August 30, 2013 at Carroll University Waukesha, Wis. L, 2-7
August 31, 2013 vs. Ripon College (at Carroll) Waukesha, Wis. W, 7-2
August 31, 2013 vs. Alverno College (at Carroll) Waukesha, Wis. W, 8-1
September 4, 2013 vs. Knox College Dubuque, Iowa W, 6-3
September 7, 2013 vs. Central College ** Dubuque, Iowa L, 0-9
September 7, 2013 vs. Simpson College ** Dubuque, Iowa L, 3-6
September 12, 2013 at Wartburg College ** Waverly, Iowa L, 1-8
September 14, 2013 vs. Buena Vista University ** Dubuque, Iowa L, 3-6
September 17, 2013 at Luther College ** Decorah, Iowa  L, 0-9
September 24, 2013 vs. Loras College ** Dubuque, Iowa  L, 3-5
September 25, 2013 vs. Augustana College Dubuque, Iowa Cancelled
September 28, 2013      vs. Coe College **  Dubuque, Iowa  L, 0-9
September 30, 2013 at St. Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa L, 0-9
October 1, 2013 vs. Monmouth College Dubuque, Iowa W, 9-0
October 4, 2013 Iowa Conference Individual Championships     
Hosted by Luther College   
Decorah, Iowa  Cancelled 
October 5, 2013

Iowa Conference Individual Championships
Hosted by Luther 

Decorah, Iowa        Cancelled
October 11, 2013 at Grandview College  Des Moines, Iowa  L, 4-5
April 9, 2014 at Knox College Galesburg, Ill. L, 3-6
April 13, 2014 at Edgewood College Madison, Wis. Postponed
April 13, 2014 vs. UW-Eau Clarie (at Edgewood) Madison, Wis. Cancelled
April 19, 2014 vs. Grandview University (at Wartburg) Waverly, Iowa 12:00 pm
April 19, 2014 at Wartburg College  Waverly, Iowa 3:00 pm
April 26, 2014 vs. Concordia University (at Reindahl Park) Madison, Wis. 12:00 pm
April 26, 2014 at Edgewood College Madison, Wis. 3:30pm
   ** Iowa Conference Opponent    


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
Assistant Men's and Women's Tennis Coach
Office Phone: (563) 589-3706
Office Location: Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

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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