Women's Tennis

Recently 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 over 20 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.

News

Tennis Teams Announce Season Awards

May 24, 2017

The University of Dubuque women's and men's tennis teams announced season team awards at their banquet held recently on campus.

Arantxa Martinez Named Academic All-District

May 15, 2017

University of Dubuque’s women’s tennis player, Arantxa Martinez was selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District NCAA Division III District 8 women’s at large team for her efforts on the court and in the classroom in the 2016-2017 school year.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Naomi Amani 5-7 Sophomore Minneapolis, Minn.
Taylor Fortmann 5-5 Senior Sherrill, Iowa
Arantxa Martinez 5-7 Junior San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Megan Ranney 5-4 Sophomore Waterloo, Wis.
Mariah Scott 5-9 Senior La Porte City, Iowa
Ines Albino 5-1 Freshman Altamonte Springs, Fla
Ashley Palacios-Quinonez 5-1 Freshman Las Vegas, Nev.
Hailey Parks 5-5 Freshman Clarksville, Tenn.
Hailey Wang 5-4 Freshman Elkhorn, Wis.
Taylor Webber 5-2 Freshman Jamestown, ND

2017 Spring Schedule

Apr. 8

at TBA

TBA

TBA

 

Apr. 8

at TBA

TBA

TBA

 

Apr. 22

at Edgewood College

Madison, WI

12:00 p.m.

 

Apr. 22

at Beloit College

Madison, WI

3:00 p.m.

 

 

     

 

Apr. 28

at Women’s IIAC Team Tournament

Decorah, IA

TBA

 

Apr. 29

at Women’s IIAC Team Tournament

Decorah, IA

TBA

 

 

Fall 2016 Schedule

Sept. 3

at Buena Vista Univ.

Storm Lake, IA

7-2

Sept. 3

at Nebraska Wesleyan Univ.

Storm Lake, IA

9-0

Sept. 7

at Loras College

Dubuque, IA

5-4

Sept. 10

at UW-Stevens Point

LaCrosse, WI

7-2

Sept. 10

at UW-LaCrosse

LaCrosse, WI

1-8

Sept. 13

vs. Luther College

Dubuque, IA

3-6

Sept. 17

at Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

3-6

Sept. 21

vs. Wartburg College

Dubuque, IA

7-2

Oct. 1

at Central College

Pella, IA

5-4

Oct. 1

at Simpson College

Indianola. IA

7-2

Oct. 4

vs. St Ambrose Univ.

Dubuque, IA

4-5

Oct. 7

IIAC Individual Tournament

 

 

 

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

 

Oct. 8

IIAC Individual Tournament

 

 

 

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

 

 

Claudio Giraldi
Claudio Giraldi
Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach

BA, University of Dubuque; Business Administration
MBA, University of Dubuque; Business Administration

Office Phone: 563.589.3706
E-mail: cgiraldi@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Mercer-Birgmingham
Biography - Click to Open

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

Despite being away on leave for military obligations in the fall of 2015, graduate assistant Dishon Deering filled in for Giraldi as the women's tennis team placed seventh in the IIAC.

Arantxa Martinez repeated as IIAC Flight "A" Singles runner up while freshman Marissa Joers won the IIAC Flight C Singles Championship. Martinez was named to the All-IIAC singles team while Joers was the only freshman named All-IIAC after securing spot on All-IIAC doubles team.

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 --
Spring 2015 -- --    
Fall 2015 1-10 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     


Esther Zelaya
Esther Zelaya
Graduate Assistant - Men's and Women's Tennis

BA, Benedictine College; Communications

Office Phone: 563.589.3706
E-mail: EZelaya@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 220 Mercer Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Esther Zelaya joined the University of Dubuque Tennis program in 2016 as a Graduate Assistant. 

A native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Zelaya grew up in a family surrounded by tennis and began playing at the age of five. Her mother played tennis and her dad coached her for 10 years including her three sisters who all were avid tennis players.

Zelaya spent her collegiate years as #1 singles (3 years) and #2 singles (1 year) at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. on a full tennis scholarship. Her squad won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Team Championship over Tuskegee with a 5-1 victory in 2016 and was named one of the six individuals named to the SIAC All Tournament Singles and SIAC All-Tournament Doubles Team.

She was a Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Team Member, an honor awarded to undergraduate student-athletes who have excelled in the classroom as well as the athletic field. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and community activism. 

She graduated with honors at Benedictine in communications and minored in international relations in 2016. She is currently studying for her masters degree at the University of Dubuque.


Dishon Deering
Dishon Deering
Adjunct Professor in Communication
Bridge Lab Coordinator
Volunteer Assistant Men's and Women's Tennis Coach

MA, Communications
BA, Criminal Justice



Office Phone: 563.589.3554
E-mail: ddeering@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 205 Charles C. Myers Library
Biography - Click to Open

Deering was a four-year letterwinner for the University of Dubuque in men's tennis and filled in for Head Coach Claudio Giraldi (military obligations) in the fall of 2015.

Under Deering's watch, the women's tennis team place seventh in the Iowa Conference and saw two players, sophomore Arantxa Martinez and freshman Marissa Joers, earn All-IIAC singles and doubles recognition, respectively. Martinez placed runner-up in IIAC Flight A Singles Championship and Joers won Flight C Singles Championship.

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.

 



Nikolay Gospodinov
Nikolay Gospodinov
Volunteer Assistant Tennis Coach

E-mail: ngospodinov@dbq.edu 

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