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Women's Volleyball

The University of Dubuque volleyball team continues to take strides in becoming one of the consistent performers in the Iowa Conference. The Spartans have taken top-ranked opponents into five sets and have proven a tough opponent for all they face.  

Expect to compete in several tournaments while traveling to some of the best indoor venues in the tri-state region. The Spartans are named to the All-Tournament team in nearly every tournament they compete in during the fall season. UD plays an offense which spreads the ball around giving opportunities for many student-athletes to contribute during the season. UD won the first ever Iowa Conference Team Championship with a perfect 6-0 record in 1982 and also won the team title in 1995. The Spartans have qualified for three NCAA Division III Championships.

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Spartans Secure #6 Seed in IIAC Volleyball Tournament

The University of Dubuque volleyball team qualified for the 2014 Iowa Conference Volleyball Tournament as the #6 seed despite losing on the final night of the regular season to Loras 1-3. Loras earned the #5-seed with the victory and will travel to Pella to play Central on Tuesday night as UD will make the long journey down highway 20 to Storm Lake to play BV. Game times are set for 7:00 p.m.

Basierak Named to All-Tournament Team

The University of Dubuque volleyball team finished Millikin University’s Linda Slagell Dig for the Cure Classic 1-3 in the tournament, capturing a 3-0 win against Blackburn College. UD's Klaudia Basierak was the lone Spartan named to the All-Tournament Team.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Marina Treto Defensive Specialist 5-2 Sophomore Round Lake, Ill.
2 Meagan Albon Outside Hitter 5-8 Freshman Chicago Ridge, Ill.
3 Korissa Blasing Defensive Specialist 5-3 Freshman Pearl City, Ill.
4 Hannah Zieser Setter 5-10 Sophomore Edgewood, Iowa
5 Olivia Larson Defensive Specialist 5-9 Sophomore Moline, Ill.
7 Kristin Wright Defensive Specialist 5-6 Sophomore Stockton, Ill.
8 DreAna Heidenrich Setter 5-8 Freshman Warren, Ill.
9 Amanda Reetz Outside Hitter 5-8 Junior Manchester, Iowa
11 Karrah Davis Opposite Hitter 5-11 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
12 Amy Tranel Middle Hitter 5-11 Senior Hazel Green, Wis.
13 Anna Runge Middle Hitter 5-11 Sophomore Davenport, Iowa
14 Jenny Greenwood Middle Hitter 5-10 Sophomore Oswego, Ill.
15 Audrey Flood Opposite Hitter 5-10 Junior East Lansing, Mich.
16 Sam Nielsen Outside Hitter 5-9 Sophomore Central City, Iowa
17 Katelyn Herbig Middle Hitter 5-11 Senior Aurora, Ill.
18 Kelsey Wright Setter 5-9 Freshman Stockton, Ill.
19 Alyssa Cose Setter 5-10 Freshman Sherrell, Iowa
20 Klaudia Basierak Outside Hitter 5-11 Junior Hainesville, Ill.
21 Lauren Egnarski Outside Hitter 5-10 Freshman Pulaski, Wis.
22 Mikayla Sigafus Middle Hitter 6-0 Freshman Gratiot, Wis.
24 Tanasha Atwater Middle/Opposite Hitter 6-0 Freshman Davenport, Iowa
25 Rachael Schoepke Middle/Opposite Hitter 6-1 Freshman Village of Lakewood, Ill.
26 Elle Lannon Outside Hitter 5-10 Junior Hudson, Wis.

Schedule

Final Record (12-23, 2-5 IIAC)

Date

Opponent

Location

Time/Result

Aug. 29-30

at St. Mary's University (MN) Sugar Loaf Classic

 

 

Aug. 29

at St. Mary's University

Winona, Minn.

L, 0-3

Aug. 29

Vs. St. Catherine

Winona, Minn.

L, 1-3

Aug. 30

Vs. Gustavus Adolphus College

Winona, Minn.

L, 1-3

Aug. 30

Vs. UW-La Crosse

Winona, Minn.

L, 0-3

Sept. 02

UD SpartanTriangular

 

 

Sept. 02

UD Vs. UW-Oshkosh

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 1-3

Sept. 02

UW-Oshkosh Vs. Edgewood

Dubuque, Iowa

UW 3-2

Sept. 02

UD Vs. Edgewood

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 2-3

Sept. 04

Vs. Clarke JV

Dubuque, Iowa

--

Sept. 06

at Lawrence University

Waukesha, Wis.

L, 1-3

Sept. 06

at Carroll University

Waukesha, Wis.

W, 3-0

Sept. 09

Vs. Cornell College

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 1-3

Sept. 12-13     

at Aurora University Jim Coleman Memorial Classic

 

 

Sept. 12

Vs. North Central College

Aurora, Ill.

W, 3-0

Sept. 12

Vs. North Park College

Aurora, Ill.

W, 3-0

Sept. 13

Vs. Aurora University

Aurora, Ill.

L, 1-3

Sept. 13

Vs. Franklin College

Aurora, Ill.

W, 3-2

Sept. 17

Vs. Coe College*

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 3-0

Sept. 19-20

Ripon College Red Hawk Invite

 

 

Sept. 19

Vs. UW-Superior

Ripon, Wis.

W, 3-0

Sept. 19

Vs. Ripon College

Ripon, Wis.

W, 3-0

Sept. 20

Vs. UW-River Falls

Ripon, Wis.

L, 2-3

Sept. 20

Milwaukee School of Eng.

Ripon, Wis.

W, 3-2

Sept. 23

at Central College*

Pella, Iowa

L, 1-3

Sept. 25

at Loras JV Triangular (Cornell)

Dubuque, Iowa

--

Sept. 25

at Loras JV Triangular (Loras)

Dubuque, Iowa

--

Sept. 26-27

at IIAC/NACC Challenge

 

 

Sept. 26

Vs. Aurora University

Milwaukee, Wis.

L, 3-0

Sept. 26

Vs. Wisconsin Lutheran College

Milwaukee, Wis.

W, 3-0

Sept. 27

Vs. Marian University

Milwaukee, Wis.

W, 3-0

Sept. 27

Vs. Concordia University (Wis.)

Milwaukee, Wis.

L, 3-0

Oct. 01

at Luther College*

Decorah, Iowa

W, 3-1

Oct. 07

Vs. Simpson College*

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 3-1

Oct. 10

at Augustana

Rock Island, Ill.

L, 3-1

Oct. 11

Alumni JV

Dubuque, Iowa

--

Oct. 14

at Wartburg College*

Waverly, Iowa

L, 0-3

Oct. 17

Vs. UW-Platteville

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 1-3

Oct. 17

Vs. UW-Whitewater

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 1-3

Oct. 23

Vs. Buena Vista University*

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 1-3

Oct. 24-25

at Millikin University Linda Slagell Dig for the Cure

 

 

Oct. 24

Vs. Blackburn College

Decatur, Ill.

W, 3-0

Oct. 24

at Millikin University

Decatur, Ill.

L, 1-3

Oct. 25

Vs. UW-Platteville

Decatur, Ill.

L, 2-3

Oct. 25

Vs. Wheaton College

Decatur, Ill.

L, 2-3

Oct. 29

at Loras College*

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 1-3

Nov. 01

at IIAC JV Tournament

 

 

 

Hosted By UD

Dubuque, Iowa

All Day

Nov. 04

1st Round IIAC Tournament at Buena Vista University*

Storm Lake, Iowa

7:00 p.m.

 

*Iowa Conference

   

 

  

Season Statistics

Coaches

University of Dubuque Volleyball Coaches Profile
April Elsbernd
April Elsbernd
Head Women's Volleyball Coach; Adjunct Faculty

BA, Sociology and Communications, Coe College
MS, Sports Administration, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.



Email: aelsbernd@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3231
Fax: (563) 589-3425
Office Location: 314 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to close

April Elsbernd joined the University of Dubuque Athletic Department in the Spring of 2009 and is a native of Calmar, Iowa (South Winneshiek High School).  She is entering her fifth season with the Spartans. 

University of Dubuque Volleyball student-athletes have earned 15 IIAC All-Academic Team honors and accounted for four AVCA Academic Team awards during her four years at the helm of the program. The program is coming off their best season since 2003, finishing in fourth place in the IIAC and receiving their second consecutive conference tournament berth. Outside hitter Klaudia Basierak, received 1st Team All-Iowa Conference honors and was chosen as the IIAC Freshman of the Year in 2012.

Prior to coaching at the University of Dubuque, Elsbernd spent one season as head coach at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa; and three seasons as an assistant coach under Jeff Meeker at Cornell College. 

She attended and played collegiate volleyball at Coe College from 1999-2002 and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Public Relations and Speech Communications.  She was a four-year letterwinner and earned Academic All-Iowa Conference honors in 2001 and 2002.

Elsbernd has experience coaching at numerous volleyball camps and clinics, and spent three years working with the USAV Iowa Region High Performance program, learning from and interacting with USA Volleyball coaches and USA Olympic Athletes.  She received her CrossFit Level 1 Certification in December of 2012 and has been training athletes of all ages in the Dubuque community at CrossFit Dubuque since January 2013.

In addition to her role as the head volleyball coach at UD, she is an instructor and serves as an advisor for the Spartans' Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Elsbernd graduated with a Master of Science degree in Sport Administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 2007.  

 
Volleyball Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Year Overall IIAC    
2009 11-22 2-6 7th place  
2010 6-26 0-8 9th place  
2011 16-18 3-5 6th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2012 15-20 4-3 4th place    *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2013 12-21 2-5 4th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
 TOTAL    60-107     11-27      

Rachel Ferguson
Rachel Ferguson
Assistant Volleyball Coach

BA, Communications and Thearte Arts-Media, Heidelberg University

Email: rferguson@dbq.edu 
Biography - Click to close

Rachel Ferguson joined the University of Dubuque in 2013 as a graduate assistant for the volleyball team. Before coming to UD, Ferguson was the starting setter at Heidelberg University from 2009-2013 helping lead the team to three Conference Championships, one Conference Tournament Championship and four Consecutive NCAA National Tournament appearances. During the 2011 season, she helped the team reach #4 in the national rankings.

Ferguson was born and raised in Brighton, Michigan where she played volleyball for Brighton High School receiving All-Region, All-County and All-Conference awards.

Ferguson received her undergraduate degree in Communications and Theatre Arts-Media with a minor in Writing in 2013 and is pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration at University of Dubuque.


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