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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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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.

Martinez Garners Lone Win in Women’s Tennis Defeat on the Road

Arantxa Martinez added to her stellar first year despite the University of Dubuque women’s tennis team falling to UW-Lacrosse, 8-1.

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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
Stephanie LoCasto Senior Lake Zurich, Ill.
Arantxa Martinez Freshman San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Marissa Rutenbeck Junior Maquoketa, Iowa
Ashley Schlueter Senior Hiawatha, Iowa
Mariah Scott Sophomore La Porte City, Iowa
Samantha Serd Senior Lakenheath, England







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 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
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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