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.

Women's Basketball News

Volleyball Earns 8th Consecutive AVCA Team Academic Award

Jul 24, 2017

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 822 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-2017 season. This number breaks the previous year's total of 764 to set an all-time high. The University of Dubuque Spartans earned their eighth consecutive AVCA Team Academic Award honor under head coach April Elsbernd.

Volleyball Season Wrap-Up: Davis Earns IIAC Honors

Nov 15, 2016

The University of Dubuque’s volleyball hitter, Karrah Davis, was the lone Spartan named to the IIAC All-Conference team for the 2016 season.

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Upcoming Events

Volleyball

Sep 1, 2017 | 4:00 PM — 10:00 PM | Lake Forest, Ill.

Lake Forest Invite hosted by Lake Forest College UD vs. Aurora University - 4:00 pm UD vs. Finlandia University - 8:00 pm

Volleyball

Sep 2, 2017 | 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM | Lake Forest, Ill.

Lake Forest Forester Invite hosted by Lake Forest College UD vs. Manchester Univ. - 10:00 am UD vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering - 2:00 pm

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Jenna Runde Designated Setter 5-4 Sophomore Elgin, Ill.
2 Grace Stawser Setter/Defensive Specialist 5-7 Freshman Bettendorf, Iowa
3 Meagan Albon Defensive Specialist 5-8 Junior Chicago Ridge, Ill.
4 Anna Runge Middle Hitter 5-11 Senior Davenport, Iowa
5 Johanna Steggall Outside Hitter/Def. Specialist 5-9 Sophomore Marion, Iowa
6 Jessica Wehrle Middle/Opposite Hitter 5-8 Sophomore Davenport, Iowa
7 Lauren Egnarski Outside Hitter 5-10 Junior Pulaski, Wis.
8 Anna Grace Middle Hitter 5-10 Sophomore Wheaton, Ill.
9 Alyssa Baumhover Outside Hitter 5-11 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
10 Kendall Kaufmann Outside Hitter 5-9 Sophomore Sheridan, Ill.
11 Karrah Davis Middle/Opposite Hitter 6-0 Junior Dubuque, Iowa
12 Rylee Andreson Middle Hitter 6-0 Freshman Oxford Junction, Iowa
13 Jenna Baliff Middle Hitter 6-2 Freshman Cassville, Wis,
14 Shiela Browning Outside Hitter 5-8 Freshman LaMoille, Ill.
17 Rachel Livingston Setter 5-5 Freshman Caledonia, Ill.
19 Alyssa Cose Setter 5-10 Junior Sherrell, Iowa
20 Paige Harbot Middle Hitter 5-10 Freshman Janesville, Wis.
21 Roseanne Crave Setter 5-5 Freshman Waterloo, Wis.
24 Kyra Nelson Outside Hitter 5-7 Junior Mazomanie, Wis.
25 Dre Heidenreich Setter 5-7 Junior Warren, Ill.
27 Sarrah Farraday Outside Hitter 5-8 Freshman Wheaton, Ill.

 2017 Varsity Schedule

Volleyball

 

 

 

Sept 1-2

at Lake Forest Tournament

 

 

Sept. 1

at Aurora University

 Lake Forest, IL

4:00 p.m.

Sept. 1

at Finlandia University

 Lake Forest, IL

8:00 p.m.

Sept. 2

at Manchester University

 Lake Forest, IL

10:00 a.m.

Sept. 2

at Mil. School of Engineering

 Lake Forest, IL

2:00 p.m.

Sept. 6

at Cornell College

Mt. Vernon, IA

5:30/7:30 p.m.

Sept. 6

at Loras College Tournament

 

 

Sept. 8

at Hamline University

Dubuque, IA

3:00 p.m.

Sept. 8

at St. Olaf College

Dubuque, IA

5:00 p.m.

Sept. 13

vs. Luther College*

Dubuque, IA

6:00/7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15-16

at Knox College Tournament

 

 

Sept. 15

at Alverno College

Galesburg, IL

4:00 p.m.

Sept. 15

at Monmouth College

Galesburg, IL

8:00 p.m.

Sept. 16

at Macalester College

Galesburg, IL

9:00 a.m.

Sept. 16

at Rockford University

Galesburg, IL

11:00 a.m.

Sept. 20

at Loras College*

Dubuque, IA

6:00/7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22-23

at IIAC/NAC Challenge hosted by Central College

 

 

Sept. 22

at Marian University

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. Knox College  

Dubuque, IA

7:00 p.m.

Oct. 17

vs. IA Wesleyan University

Dubuque, IA

6:00/7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21

vs. Wheaton Col. (Sr. Day)

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

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     

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