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.

Volleyball News

Volleyball at Annual IIAC-NACC Crossover

Sep 22, 2017

The University of Dubuque volleyball team is taking part in the annual IIAC-NACC Crossover tournament on September 22nd and 23rd, where Central College is hosting in Pella, Iowa.

Spartans Win Streak Snapped at 12

Sep 20, 2017

The University of Dubuque volleyball's historic run to start the season came to an end on Wednesday night as they dropped a a five set thriller to Loras, 3-2. The Spartans are now 12-1 on the year, it was the most consective wins to start a season since 1981 when the program started 15-0.

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Upcoming Events

Volleyball

Sep 22, 2017 | 1:00 PM — 7:00 PM | Pella, Iowa

IIAC/NACC Challenge Hosted by Central College UD vs. Wisconsin Lutheran - 1:00 pm UD vs. MSOE - 5:00 pm

Volleyball

Sep 23, 2017 | 10:00 AM — 6:00 PM | Pella, Iowa

IIAC/NACC Challenge Hosted by Central College UD vs. Lakeland College - 10:00 am UD vs. Benedictine University - 2:00 pm

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Jenna Runde Defensive Specialist 5-6 Junior Elgin, Ill.
2 Grace Stawser Setter/Defensive Specialist 5-7 Sophomore Bettendorf, Iowa
3 Meagan Albon Defensive Specialist 5-8 Senior Chicago Ridge, Ill.
4 Hillary Oberbroeckling Opposite Hitter 5-8 Freshman Sumner, Iowa
5 Johanna Steggall Outside Hitter/Def. Specialist 5-9 Junior Marion, Iowa
6 Jessica Wehrle Middle Hitter 5-9 Junior Davenport, Iowa
7 Lauren Egnarski Outside Hitter 5-10 Senior Pulaski, Wis.
8 Anna Grace Middle Hitter 5-9 Junior Wheaton, Ill.
9 Lydia Kleckner Middle Hitter 5-11 Freshman Decorah, Iowa
10 Kendall Kaufmann Outside Hitter 5-9 Junior Sheridan, Ill.
11 Karrah Davis Outside Hitter 6-0 Senior Dubuque, Iowa
12 Rylee Andresen Middle Hitter 6-2 Sophomore Oxford Junction, Iowa
13 Shauna McAleer Middle Hitter 6-2 Freshman Goose Lake, Iowa
14 Isabel Cleary Outside Hitter 6-1 Freshman Bismark, N.D.
15 Kara Wright Outside Hitter 5-10 Sophomore Stockton, Ill.
16 Maddy Cruz Outside Hitter 5-10 Freshman Chicago, Ill.
17 Rachel Livingston Setter 5-6 Freshman Caledonia, Ill.
18 Robyn Bowman Setter 5-5 Freshman Lake Mills, Iowa
19 Alyssa Cose Setter 5-10 Senior Sherrill, Iowa
20 Paige Harbot Middle Hitter 5-10 Sophomore Janesville, Wis.
21 Emma Sitzmore Setter/Opposite Hitter 5-10 Freshman Morrison, Ill.
23 Morgan Schier Outside Hitter 5-10 Freshman Roscoe, Ill.
24 Kendra Witte Outside Hitter 6-0 Freshman Mediapolis, Iowa
25 Emily Dlugosz Outside Hitter 5-8 Freshman Lockport, Ill.
26 Annie Meyer Outside Hitter 5-8 Freshman Bernard, Iowa
27 Sarrah Farraday Outside Hitter 5-8 Sophomore Wheaton, Ill.
28 Lyndy Holdt Defensive Specialist 5-7 Freshman Davenport, Iowa
30 Tiana Bullerman Setter 5-6 Freshman Calmar, Iowa
33 Haley Wand Defensive Specialist 5-3 Freshman Freeport, Ill.

 2017 Varsity Schedule

Volleyball

 

 

 

Sept 1-2

at Lake Forest Tournament

 

 

Sept. 1

at Aurora University

 Lake Forest, IL

W, 3-0

Sept. 1

at Finlandia University

 Lake Forest, IL

W. 3-0

Sept. 2

at Manchester University

 Lake Forest, IL

W, 3-2

Sept. 2

at Mil. School of Engineering

 Lake Forest, IL

W, 3-0

Sept. 6

at Cornell College

Mt. Vernon, IA

W, 3-0

 

WW,Sept. 6

at Loras College Tournament

 

 

Sept. 8

at Hamline University

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-0

Sept. 8

at St. Olaf College

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-1

Sept. 13

vs. Luther College*

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-2

Sept. 15-16

at Knox College Tournament

 

 

Sept. 15

at Alverno College

Galesburg, IL

W, 3-0

Sept. 15

at Monmouth College

Galesburg, IL

W, 3-0

Sept. 16

at Macalester College

Galesburg, IL

W, 3-0

Sept. 16

at Rockford University

Galesburg, IL

W, 3-0

Sept. 20

vs. Loras College*

Dubuque, IA

6:00/7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22-23

at IIAC/NAC Challenge hosted by Central College

 

 

Sept. 22

at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Pella, IA

1:00 p.m.

Sept. 22

at Mil. School of Engineering

Pella, IA

5:00 p.m.

Sept. 23

at Lakeland College

Pella, IA

10:00 a.m.

Sept. 23

at Benedictine University

Pella, IA

2:00 p.m.

Sept. 26

at Coe College*

Cedar Rapids, IA

6:00/7:30 p.m.

Sept. 29

vs. Simpson College*

Dubuque, IA

6:00/7:30 p.m.

Sept. 30

vs. Central College*

Dubuque, IA

10:00/11:30 a.m.

Oct. 6

at NE Wesleyan Univ.*

Lincoln, NE

6:00/7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7

at Buena Vista University*

Storm Lake, IA

1:30/3:00 p.m.

Oct. 10

at Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

7:00 p.m.

Oct. 13

vs. Monmouth
vs. Knox College  

Dubuque, IA

5:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Oct. 17

vs. IA Wesleyan University

Dubuque, IA

6:00/7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21

vs. Wheaton College

Dubuque, IA

12:00 p.m.

Oct. 21

vs. Carroll University

Dubuque, IA

2:30 p.m.

Oct. 24

at Wartburg College*

Waverly, IA

6:00/7:30 p.m.

Oct. 27-28

at Aurora University Jim Coleman Tournament

 

 

Oct. 27

at University of Chicago

Aurora, IL

6:00 p.m.

Oct. 27

at North Park University

Aurora, IL

8:00 p.m.

Oct. 28

at Aurora University

Aurora, IL

12:00 p.m.

Oct. 28

at Concordia Chicago

Aurora, IL

2:00 p.m.

Oct. 31

at IIAC Conference Tourney

Cedar Rapids, IA

TBA

Nov. 4

at IIAC Conference Tourney

Cedar Rapids, IA

TBA

 

2017 Varsity Reserve Schedule

Date

Opponent

Location

Time

 

Tues. Sept. 5th

at Emmaus College

Dubuque, IA

7:00PM

 

Wed. Sept. 6th

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

5:30PM

 

Wed. Sept. 13th

Luther College

Dubuque, IA

6:00PM

 

Thurs. Sept. 14th

St. Ambrose

Davenport, IA

7:00PM

 

Mon. Sept. 18th

Clarke College

Dubuque, IA

6:00PM

 

Wed. Sept. 20th

Loras College

Dubuque, IA

6:00PM

 

Fri. Sept. 29th

Simpson College

Dubuque, IA

6:00PM

 

Sat. Sept. 30th

Central College

Dubuque, IA

10:00AM

 

Tues. Oct. 3rd

at Loras

Dubuque, IA

7:00PM

 

Wed. Oct. 4th

at Clarke

Dubuque, IA

5:00PM

 

Fri. Oct. 6th

Nebraska Wesleyan

Lincoln, NE

6:00PM

 

Sat. Oct. 7th

Buena Vista

Storm Lake, IA

1:30PM

 

Wed. Oct. 11th

St. Ambrose

Dubuque, IA

7:00PM

 

Tues. Oct. 17th

Iowa Wesleyan

Dubuque, IA

6:00PM

 

Tues. Oct. 24th

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

6:00PM

 

Fri. Oct. 27th

St. Mary of the Woods College

Dubuque, IA

7:00PM

 

Sat. Oct. 28th

JV Conference Tournament at Loras

Dubuque, IA

TBA

 

April Elsbernd
April Elsbernd
Head Women's Volleyball Coach; Adjunct Faculty

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

Office Phone: 563.589.3231
E-mail: AElsbernd@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 314 Stoltz Sports Center
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

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 seventh season with the Spartans. 

University of Dubuque Volleyball student-athletes have earned 29 IIAC All-Academic individual honors, accounted for four American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Academic Team awards, and six All-IIAC selections during her seven seasons at the helm of the program.

The Spartans secured their fifth-straight IIAC tournament berth behind Klaudia Basierak's fourth All-IIAC selection and their best record since 2007 (17-18). Basierak became the only Spartan in school history to receive four IIAC awards and finished as the school career record holder in total attacks and second in career kills.

Elsbernd led the Spartans to their fourth-straight Iowa Conference berth in 2014 after a fifth place finish and outside hitter Basierak secured her third, First Team All-IIAC honor and set the school record for most career kill attempts during the season. 

In 2012, the program came off its best season since 2003, finishing in fourth place in the IIAC and receiving their second consecutive conference tournament berth. Outside hitter, Klaudia Basierak, received a First Team All-Iowa Conference honor 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.

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
2014 12-24 2-5 6th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2015 17-18 3-4 6th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2016 15-17 2-6 7th place  
 TOTAL    103-166     18-42     

Milica Zmiric
Milica Zmiric
Graduate Assistant Volleyball Coach

BA, University of New Orleans; Psychology

Office Phone: 563.589.3377
E-mail: MZmiric@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 106 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Open

Milica Zmiric joined the University of Dubuque in 2017 as a Graduate Assistant of the Volleyball team. Zmiric is a native of Serbia where she was a member of the Serbian Youth National Team.

After graduating high school she accepted to play at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI). That year in 2013 at CSI, they were the NJCAA National Champions. She then transferred to Lakeland College where she played for one season. While at Lakeland College, Milica helped them win their conference championship. She then continued her college athletic career at Chicago State University and the University of New Orleans. While at the University of New Orleans she was a member of both the indoor and beach teams.

She received her degree in psychology at the University of New Orleans in December 2016. She will be pursuing her master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Dubuque.


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