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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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Women's Tennis' LoCasto Named to Capital One All-District At-Large Team

The University of Dubuque Spartan Academic Female Athlete Excellence Award winner and women's tennis record holder, senior Stephanie LoCasto, added to her growing list of accomplishments after being chosen to the Capital One All-District At-Large team on May 14.

Martinez Nabs First Team All-Iowa Conference Selection

After a nearly flawless fall and an Iowa Conference ‘B’ Flight Doubles Championship, University of Dubuque women’s tennis freshman Arantxa Martinez, was named an Iowa Conference First-Team selection.

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Women's Tennis Team

Front Row (L-R): Stephanie LoCasto, Ashley Schlueter, Sam Serd, and Arantxa Martinez.
Back Row (L-R):  Head Coach Claudio Giraldi, Taylor Fortmann, Marissa Rutenbeck, and Mariah Scott.

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Taylor Fortmann Sophomore Sherrill, Iowa
Arantxa Martinez Freshman San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Mariah Scott Sophomore La Porte City, Iowa







Aug. 30

at Ripon College

Ripon, Wis.

W, 9-0

Aug. 30

at Marion College

Ripon, Wis.


Sept. 03

at Loras College*

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 1-8

Sept. 06

at Simpson College*

Pella, Iowa

L, 3-6

Sept. 10

vs. Wartburg College*

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 1-8

Sept. 13

vs. Bethany Lutheran College

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 8-1

Sept. 16

vs. Luther College*

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 1-8 

Sept. 18

vs. St. Ambrose University

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 4-5

Sept. 23

at Augustana College

Rock Island, Ill.

L, 2-7

Sept. 25

at Coe College*

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

L, 1-8

Sept. 27

at Buena Vista University*

Storm Lake, Iowa

W, 7-2

Sept. 27

at Grandview College

Storm Lake, Iowa

W, 5-4

Oct. 03-04

at IIAC Individual Tourney*

Pella, Iowa

No Team Score

Oct. 08

at Cornell College

Mt. Vernon, Iowa


Oct. 11

at UW-La Crosse

La Crosse, Wis.

L, 1-8


*Iowa Conference



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 Read

Claudio Giraldi was named Head Women’s and Men’s Tennis Coach at the University of Dubuque in the spring of 2014.

Giraldi led the men's team to its first IIAC Tournament berth since 2011-12 as the team fell in the first round of the IIAC Tournament hosted by Coe College in the spring of 2015.

On the women's side, Giraldi coached two All-Academic IIAC honorees and helped guide Arantxa Martinez and Ashley Schlueter to Flight "B" IIAC Doubles Championship, Stephanie LoCasto to Flight "C" Individual Championship, and Martinez to a runner-up finish in the Flight "A" Individual Championship, the best individual finish in the top flight since 1985.

Martinez, a freshman, had the best start of any women's tennis player after a 15-0 start was spoiled in the IIAC Championship game. Her undefeated IIAC slate earned her UD's first No. 1 overall seed heading into the IIAC Individual tournament in the fall of 2014. Martinez ended the season 16-1 and set single season wins record.

Schlueter left as the career leader in overall, single, and doubles wins while LoCasto won the Female Senior Spartan Academic Athlete of the Year award for highest senior GPA.

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.

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.

Women's Tennis Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Year Overall IIAC  IIAC Standing  
Spring 2014 0-5 0-0 -- -- 
Fall 2014 4-9 1-6 7th Place --
 TOTAL       13-32     


Men's Tennis Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Year Overall IIAC  IIAC Standing  
Spring 2014 2-14 1-6 -- -- 
Spring 2015 7-14 3-4 5th Place IIAC Tournament Qualifier   
 TOTAL    9-28    4-10     

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

Office Phone: 563.589.3706
Office Location: Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

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, one through six, 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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