Joers and Martinez Make History
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Freshman Marissa Joers captured the Spartans third Iowa Conference Flight C Singles Championship in the last five years and sophomore Arantxa Martinez finished runner-up for the second straight year in Flight A as the University of Dubuque women's tennis team placed 7th in the Iowa Conference.
Both players earned All-Iowa Conference honors as Martinez was named to the singles team for the second time and both Joers and Martinez earned a spot on the doubles team. Joers was the only freshman to attain All-IIAC honors.
The Spartans (1-10, 1-6 Iowa Conference) defeated Buena Vista, 8-1, for their lone win of the fall on September 30 at home. UD swept every singles match and dropped their only match at No. 3 singles in three sets. In their closest match of the year, the Spartans fell to Simpson, 5-4, behind a combined three wins by Martinez and Joers.
Joers led a group of three starting freshman with Nkenge Bokela and Megan Ranney who combined to gain over 50+ matches of experience. Joers led the way with a 7-8 singles record and a 7-5 doubles record.
Martinez, the 2014 All-Iowa Conference Singles selection, claimed the number two seed in Flight A thanks to a 12-3 singles record, including 6-1 in the Iowa Conference. Deja vu struck again after Martinez dispatched of the No. 1 seed from Coe, 7-5, 6-4, in their only regular season matchup on September 9, but fell in the Flight A Iowa Conference Championship match, 3-6, 6-7 (4-7). It was a repeat result from 2014 as the two will continue to battle it out for the next two years. The sophomore beat a Coe opponent in the quarter- and semi-finals to reach the Flight A Championship bout.
With her 12 singles wins and seven doubles victories in 2015, Martinez moved into second in career singles wins (28), fourth in career doubles wins (19), and third in career overall wins (47). The San Luis Potosi, Mexico native also collected her second career Iowa Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week award on September 13.
“I am proud of the effort the women put forth this season, even with small numbers we were able to pull together and give 100% without any major injuries," said graduate assistant Dishon Deering. "Due to the fact that we are a young team, we have a lot of mental maturing to do which comes with experience as these ladies continue to compete on and off the court.”
Without a senior, the youthful Spartan squad was coached by graduate assistant, Dishon Deering, this fall as head coach Claudio Giraldi fulfilled military obligations. Giraldi, Deering, and their crew will return next year as they look to ascend the IIAC standings.
IIAC Tournament Champion
Flight "C" Singles
IIAC Tournament Runner-Up
Flight "A" Singles
All-Iowa Conference Singles
All-Iowa Conference Doubles
Academic All-Iowa Conference
2014 Women's Tennis Team
Front Row: Stephanie LoCasto, Ashley Schlueter, Sam Serd, and Arantxa Martinez.
Back Row: Head Coach Claudio Giraldi, Taylor Fortmann, Marissa Rutenbeck, and Mariah Scott.
The Spartans claimed a pair of Iowa Conference titles at the IIAC Individual tournament after the freshman-senior pair of Arantxa Martinez and Ashley Schlueter defeated Luther in Flight B Doubles for the first time in school history and senior Stephanie LoCasto beat Loras’ Ayla Graziano in Flight C Singles. Martinez nearly added a third IIAC title after falling in the Flight A Singles Championship in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 10-12. Martinez entered IIAC singles competition as the no. 1 overall seed and is the only Spartan in history to earn that distinction.
Martinez and Schlueter’s doubles championship capped a successful freshman campaign and career, respectively, for the duo. Martinez started the season 15-0 in singles competition until her defeat in the IIAC singles Championship and finished (16-1 (singles), 12-5 (doubles)). Martinez beat her championship counterpart, Coe’s freshman Haley Resnick, earlier in the year and had her on the ropes in the final set in the Championship match. It was UD’s first Top-3 finish in the top flight of singles since 1985.The San Luis Potosi, Mexico native’s early success led to UD single-season records that included most singles wins (16), doubles wins (12), and overall wins (28), all previously held by Schlueter.
Schlueter finished her productive career as the all-time UD leader in every major category: overall wins (67), singles wins (40), and doubles wins (27) after ending the 2014 campaign (7-9, 12-5). Schlueter added to her resume that already included an IIAC Flight C Singles title in 2011.
LoCasto followed up her 2012 IIAC Flight C Singles runner-up showing with an IIAC Flight C title in 2014. LoCasto placed second behind Schlueter in every major UD career category: Overall wins (51), singles wins (27), and doubles wins (24). LoCasto ended 2014 with a 10-8, 4-11 record.
Martinez will lead the next crop of record-setting Spartans that will feature of plethora of young talent after the departure of three seniors.
“I have really enjoyed my first fall season as the head coach here at UD," said Head Coach Claudio Giraldi. "The girls have worked really hard all season balancing workouts, practices and classes while adjusting to the new coaching style. I am especially thankful for our Seniors that will leave us at the end of the spring that have had a great impact on our team success this year. Freshman Arantxa Martinez has proven she is an amazing player and along with her teammates have represented UD as exceptional students. While we are getting ready to begin our men's season, I definitely look forward to working with all returning and incoming women student-athletes next fall.”
All-Iowa Conference Honorees
First Team Singles
All-IIAC Academic Honorees (*Senior)
Stephanie LoCasto*, Ashley Schlueter*
IIAC Tournament Champions (*Senior)
Flight "B" Doubles
Arantxa Martinez and Ashley Schlueter*
Flight "C" Singles
2013-14 Women's Tennis Team
Front Row: Samantha Serd, Stephanie LoCasto, Aoi Karino, and Alexandra Dixon.
Back Row: Ashley Schlueter, Janine Wegner, Marissa Rutenbeck, Estephani Ambriz-Guzman, Taylor Fortmann, and Chelsea Borden.
The University of Dubuque Women's Tennis team finished the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 4-15 and eighth place in the Iowa Conference at 0-7. The doubles team of senior Stephanie LoCasto and sophomore Marissa Rutenbeck set a new school record with 10 wins.
Stephanie LoCasto, and Alexandra Dixon earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2012-13 Women's Tennis Team
Front Row: Ashley Schlueter, Alexandra Dixon, Stephanie LoCasto, Aoi Karino, and Sam Serd.
Back Row: Nichole Schmaltz, Head Coach Bryan Mours, and Janine Wegner.
The University of Dubuque Women's Tennis team finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 7-9 and seventh place in the Iowa Conference at 1-6. The Spartans seven wins were a new school record.
Stephanie LoCasto, Samantha Serd, and Janine Wegner earned Academic All-Iowa Conference. LoCasto was named First Team Captial One/CoSIDA Academic All-District.
2011-12 Women's Tennis Roster
Lauren Clausen, Aoi Karino, Kylee Krambeer, Stephanie LoCasto, Ashley Schlueter, Nichole Schmaltz, Nicole Scott, Samantha Serd, Spenser Smith, Rachel Tilkens, Heather Watson, and Janine Wegner.
Head Coach: Bryan Mours. Asst. Coach Carrie Soppe.
The University of Dubuque Women's Tennis team finished the 2011-12 season with an overall record of 5-16 and eighth place in the Iowa Conference at 1-7. Sophomore Nichole Schmaltz was named Flight "B" Singles Champion at the IIAC Individual Tournament. Freshman Ashley Schlueter won the Flight "C" Singles Championship to give UD two of the three champions at the tournament.
Nichole Schmaltz, Rachel Tilkens, and Janine Wegner earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2010-11 Women's Tennis Team
Front Row: Kristina McWethy, Spencer Smith, Lauren Clausen, and Aoi Karino.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Carrie Soppe, Lindsay Bonnell, Nicole Schmaltz, Rachael Tilkens, Janine Wegner, and Head Coach Bryan Mours.
The University of Dubuque Women's Tennis team finished the 2010-11 season with an overall record of 6-15 and seventh place in the Iowa Conference at 2-6.
Kristina McWethy, Rachel Tilkens, and Jacqueline Ventrice all earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2009-10 Women's Tennis Roster
Lindsay Bonnell, Emma Bridget, Jennifer Koepke, Kristina McWethy, Samantha Miller, Hannah Scheidewend, Rachel Tilkens, and Jackie Ventrice.
Head Coach: Bryan Mours. Asst. Coach: Cody Pusateri.
The University of Dubuque Women's Tennis team finished the 2009-10 season with an overall record of 4-17 and eighth place in the Iowa Conference at 1-7 for first year women's head coach Bryan Mours.
Jacqueline Ventrice earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2008 Women's Tennis Roster
Ashli Benzschwel, Lindsay Bonnell, Jamie Cota, Andrea Gallo, Lindsy Loney, Sarah Shelander, Jaqueline Ventrice, and Kelly Weber.
The University of Dubuque Women's Tennis team finished the 2008 season with an overall record of 2-8 and 0-6 in the Iowa Conference for head coach Billy Porter.
Jamie Cota and Lindsy Loney earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2007 Women's Tennis Team
Front Row: Jamie Cota, Jackie Ventrice, and Rachel Sarafin.
Back Row: Head Coach Billy Porter, Kelly Greenman, Andrea Gallo, and Lindsay Bonnell.
The University of Dubuque Women's Tennis team finished the 2007 season with an overall record of 4-8 and 2-8 in the Iowa Conference for head coach Billy Porter. Freshman Rachel Sarafin was named Flight "C" Singles Champion at the IIAC Individual Tournament.
2006 Women's Tennis Team
Front Row: Amy Jensen, Krystal Lejano, Ashley Cogil, and Yasmin Rioux.
Back Row: Head Coach Todd Huffman, Britni Reckman, Vanessa Nygaard, Melissa Seich, Kelly Greenman, and Asst. Coach Irene Grant.
The University of Dubuque Women's Tennis team finished the 2006 season with an overall record of 0-7 and 0-5 in the Iowa Conference for head coach Todd Huffman.
Amy Jensen and Yasmin Rioux earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.