Volleyball Season Wrap-Up: Davis Earns IIAC Honors

Nov 15, 2016

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

Karrah Davis, a junior from Dubuque, Iowa/Dubuque Hempstead, led the Spartans in kills with a total of 415 kills on the season and posted a 3.61 kills per set ratio. The junior had 1324 total attacks, which was sixth most in a single season in school history, which a hitting percentage of .171. Her 415 kills ended up being 30 percent of the team’s kills; the next closest Spartan in kills had 193. Davis was also produced the second most digs for the Spartans with 356. Davis also totaled 35 blocks on the season, 31 assists and four solo blocks.

“Since the first day of her freshman season, Karrah has been one of the hardest working, dedicated and committed athletes in the gym" said coach April Elsbernd  I am so proud to be her coach and so happy that her hardwork has been recognized through this All-Conference honor.  She is an incredible leader in this program, and I can’t wait to see what her senior season will bring!”

The Spartans ended the season with a 15-17 overall record and a 2-6 record in IIAC play. Early in the season, the Spartans went across town to play their rivals, Loras College, where they defeated the Duhawks in three sets (25-23,25-23,25-22). This was the first time since 2012 that the Spartans had beaten thier crosstown rival. During the annual IIAC/NACC Challenge, UD produced one of their best weekends of the season by going 3-1, defeating Benedictine University, University of Chicago-Concordia and Wisconsin Lutheran College, while only falling to Aurora University. In the final weekend of the season, UD took two matches in straight sets at the Augustana Pumpkin Bash to close out the season

“This season can be summed up in one word, grit.  Just looking at the record does not tell the story of the season.  The 2016 Spartans were one of the hardest working and hardest fighting teams I have had the opportunity to coach" continued coach Elsbernd. "This team never gave up, and battled for every win and through every loss this season.  Their win against UW-Platteville was the first since (date), and shutout on Loras was the program’s first conference victory since (date). They also competed alongside many ranked opponents." 

UD was also led by their lone senior, Anna Runge. Runge played in all 32 games and collected 186 kills, 38 blocks and 113 blocks. Her 186 kills were third most on the Spartans, while she led the team with her 113 blocks, 81 of those were assists and 32 solo blocks.
Looking forward to next season coach Elsbernd stated, "I am very proud of what this team accomplished this season, and with our biggest senior class to date returning next fall, I am looking forward to what milestones they will reach in 2017.”

Jenna Runde 479   
Karrah Davis 356      
Alyssa Cose 282                   
Grace Strawser 279        
Johanna Steggall 25                          

Karrah Davis 415
Kendall Kaufmann 193
Anna Runge 186
Lauren Egnarski 181
Anna Grace 161

Anna Runge 113
Anna Grace 56
Alyssa Cose
Karrah Davis 35
Kendall Kaufmann