Volleyball

The University of Dubuque volleyball team continues to take strides in becoming one of the consistent performers in the American Rivers 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. UD finished second in 2018 and won the American Rivers Tournament to earn a bid into the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championships. The Spartans have qualified for four NCAA Division III Championships.

Volleyball News

Andresen Voted CoSIDA Academic All-District

Nov 15, 2019

University of Dubuque senior volleyball student-athlete Rylee Andresen was named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District for District Eight on Friday.

UD's Season Comes to End in NCAA Tournament First Round

Nov 14, 2019

The University of Dubuque volleyball team took on #1 seed St. Thomas in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament St. Paul Regional on Thursday night, where they fell to the top-seeded and host St. Thomas Tommies, 3-1 (13-25, 25-20, 23-25, 13-25), in a hard fought four sets.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Annie Meyer Outside Hitter 5-8 Junior Bernard, Iowa
2 Grace Strawser Defensive Specialist 5-7 Senior Bettendorf, Iowa
3 Kara Wright Outside Hitter 5-10 Senior Stockton, Ill.
4 Mary Kate Wille Defensive Specialist 5-5 Freshman Elkader, Iowa
5 Jordann Huisinga Outside Hitter 5-8 Freshman Burlington, Wis.
6 Kyla Lindsey Middle Hitter 5-8 Freshman Mineral Point, Wis.
7 Meghan Prohaska Middle Hitter 5-9 Freshman Cedar Rapids, Iowa
8 Kate Messino Setter 5-7 Sophomore McHenry, Ill.
10 Grace Hintze Outside Hitter 5-9 Freshman Bondurant, Iowa
11 Emily Swanson Middle Hitter 5-10 Freshman DeWitt, Iowa
12 Rylee Andresen Middle Hitter 6-2 Senior Oxford Junction, Iowa
13 Shauna McAleer Middle Hitter 6-2 Junior Goose Lake, Iowa
14 Isabel Cleary Outside Hitter 6-1 Junior Bismark, N.D.
15 Abby Smith Outside Hitter 5-8 Freshman Solon, Iowa
16 Maddy Cruz Outside Hitter 5-10 Junior Chicago, Ill.
17 Mackenzie Obleski Setter 5-7 Freshman Evergreen, Col.
18 Hanna Horsfield Defensive Specialist 5-4 Sophomore Epworth, Iowa
19 Kaylynn Murray Setter 5-9 Freshman Orland Park, Ill.
20 Paige Harbort Middle Hitter 5-10 Senior Janesville, Wis.
21 Chloe Olson Middle Hitter 5-10 Junior Longmont, Colo.
22 Darby Hawtrey Outside Hitter 5-10 Sophomore Clarence, Iowa
23 Brieana Dean Outside Hitter 5-11 Freshman Muskego, Wis.
24 Kendra Witte Outside Hitter 6-0 Junior Mediapolis, Iowa
25 Rheannon O'Neil Outside Hitter 5-9 Freshman Oswego, Ill.
26 Samantha Gates Setter 5-3 Freshman Geneva, Ill.
27 Sarrah Farraday Outside Hitter 5-8 Senior Wheaton, Ill.
28 Abbie Edminster Defensive Specialist 5-8 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
29 Lauren Tucker Outside Hitter 5-8 Sophomore Lancaster, Wis.
30 Bailee Kroeger Outside Hitter 5-7 Freshman Wilton, Iowa
33 Katie Martin Defensive Specialist 5-4 Freshman Lancaster, Wis.
34 Lisa Carroll Outside Hitter 5-10 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa

2019 Varsity Schedule

Aug. 30

at St. Mary's Univ. Sugar Loaf Classic

 

 

 

vs. Macalester College

Winona, MN

W, 3-0

 

vs. St. Mary’s University

Winona, MN

W, 3-0

Aug. 31 

vs. UW-River Falls

Winona, MN

W, 3-1

 

vs. UW-Superior

Winona, MN

W, 3-1

Sept. 4

Augustana College

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-1

Sept. 6

at Augsburg University Invitational

 

 

 

vs. George Fox University

Minneapolis, MN

W, 3-0

 

vs. UW-La Crosse

Minneapolis, MN

L, 2-3

Sept. 7

vs. Univ. of St. Thomas

Minneapolis, MN

L, 0-3

 

vs. Augsburg University

Minneapolis, MN

L, 0-3

Sept. 11

at Cornell College

Mt. Vernon, IA

W, 3-2

Sept. 14

at University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

L, 1-3

Sept. 14

at North Park University

Chicago, IL

W, 3-0

Sept. 18

at Coe College*

Cedar Rapids, IA

L, 1-3

Sept. 24

at Wartburg College*

Waverly, IA

L, 2-3

Sept. 27

vs. UW-Stout

Dubuque, IA

L, 1-3

Sept. 27

vs. UW-Oshkosh

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-2

Sept. 28

vs. Carroll College

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-1

Sept. 28

vs. UW-Stevens Point

Dubuque, IA

L, 1-3

Oct. 2

vs. Luther College*

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-0

Oct. 5

at Wheaton College

Naperville, IL

W, 3-2

Oct. 5

at North Central College

Naperville, IL

W, 3-1

Oct. 11

at Nebraska Wesleyan*

Lincoln, NE

W, 3-1

Oct. 12

at Buena Vista University* 

Storm Lake, IA

L, 0-3

Oct. 16

at UW-Platteville

Platteville, WI

L, 2-3

Oct. 18

vs. Marian University

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-0

Oct. 22

at Edgewood College

Madison, WI

W, 3-0

Oct. 25

vs. Central College*

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-0

Oct. 26

vs. Simpson College*

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-0

Oct. 30

vs. Loras College*

Dubuque, IA 

W, 3-0

Nov. 5

1st Round A-R-C Tourney
vs. Buena Vista

Dubuque, IA 

W, 3-2

Nov. 7

A-R-C Tourney Semifinals
at Loras 

Dubuque, IA 

W, 3-2

Nov. 9

A-R-C Tourney Championship
at Wartburg

Waverly, IA 

W, 3-1

Nov. 14

NCAA Tournament First Round
vs. St. Thomas

St. Paul, MN

L, 1-3
April Elsbernd - Volleyball (2018)

   

April Elsbernd

Head Women's Volleyball Coach
MS, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
BA, Coe College

Phone: 563.589.3231
E-mail: AElsbernd@dbq.edu
Office: 314 Stoltz Sports Center
Fax: 563.589.3425

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). The 2019 season will be her 11th season with the Spartans.

In 2018, Elsbernd led the Spartans to the NCAA Tournament by winning the American Rivers Conference Tournament and earning the conference automatic bid. They finished the season with a 24-9 record overall and 6-2 in conference play. Elsbernd and the coaching staff were selected A-R-C Coaching Staff of the Year by her fellow coaches.

University of Dubuque Volleyball student-athletes have earned 67 IIAC/A-R-C All-Academic individual honors, accounted for ten straight American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Academic Team awards, 13 All-Conference selections, two Freshman of the Year winners, and one MVP during her ten seasons at the helm of the program.

During the 2017 season, the Spartans secured a 3rd place finish in the Iowa Conference and a quarterfinal victory in the IIAC tournament behind Honorable Mention All-American, Karrah Davis. They finished the season with the most wins since 1995 (28-7), and began the season with a 12-0 match winning streak.

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 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 has been involved with the USAV Iowa Region High Performance program since 2011; 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 adjunct instructor for the Health, Wellness and Sport department and the First-Year Experience department. She has also had the opportunity to travel abroad (Italy, London, Paris, and Costa Rica) with a number of undergraduate courses.

Elsbernd graduated with a Master of Science degree in Sport Administration from the UW - La Crosse in 2007 and is currently working on her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.

 
Volleyball Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Year Overall Conf.    
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  
2017 28-7 5-3 3rd place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2018 24-9 6-2 2nd place * A-R-C Tournament Champs // NCAA Tournament Qualifier
 TOTAL    155-182     29-47     All-Time UD Wins Leader

Karrah Davis - Volleyball (2018)

   

Karrah Davis

Graduate Assistant - Volleyball
BS, University of Dubuque

Phone: 563.589.3377
E-mail: KRDavis@dbq.edu
Office: 106 Stoltz Sports Center
Fax: 563.589.3425


Whitney Nichols - Volleyball (2019)

   

Whitney Nichols

Graduate Assistant - Volleyball/Athletic Department
BS, Greenville University

Phone: 563.589.3377
E-mail: WNichols@dbq.edu
Office: 106 Stoltz Sports Center
Fax: 563.589.3425


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