The University of Dallas volleyball team opens the 2017 season with four matches hosted by Millsaps College in the Millsaps Invitational on September 1-2. Kelli Trautmann begins her first season as the head coach for Dallas, and will have a mostly young roster that only features four juniors and seniors. Her top returning hitters are both seniors Mary Scholz and Diana Hassink. The tandem will be joined by juniors Elizabeth Smith and Sarah Hughes. Smith is ranked within the top six all-time in assists, and has been the primary setter her first two collegiate seasons.
Five returners complete coach Trautmann’s group of nine on the roster. Kennedy Bradley, Mary Goodykoontz, Stephanie Janysek, Merit Paramo, and Krystyn Pua all saw time on the court in their first seasons at UD. Paramo led the team in blocks with 53, while Janysek and Pua contributed respectively with 76 assists and 144 digs.
The team did add six freshmen this year. Skyler Doty, Jireh Gillian De La Cruz, Theresa Schramm, Rylee Davis, Emily Pauletti, and Samantha Garza form the sextet.
The Crusaders went 13-21 in 2016, and finished fifth in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) regular season. The team improved by two wins from 2015.
- Diana Hassink
- Lettered 3 years
- Has played 98 career matches (327 sets)
- 234 kills (3rd on team)
- 256.6 points
- 421 digs
- 10 matches with double-digits in kills
- 8 double-doubles
- Elizabeth Smith
- Lettered 2 years
- Ranks 6th all-time in career assists (1,665) and 5th in A/S (7.00) for the Crusaders
- Played exactly 34 matches 1st two years
- 157 points
- 982 assists in 2016 (Team-high)
- 39 service aces (2nd on UD)
- 272 digs (3rd on UD)
- Mary Scholz
- Lettered 2 years
- Ranked 2nd on team in kills (298) and k/s (2.53)
- 337 points (2nd on team)
- 23 blocks
- 26 service aces
- Double-digit kill matches 12 times
- 4 double-doubles
- Merit Paramo
- Played all 34 matches in debut season
- Led UD with 53 blocks
- 40 block assists (Team-high)
- 115 kills
- 148 points
- Sarah Hughes
- Lettered 2 years
- Combined 53 matches in two seasons
- 125 digs
- 37 kills
- SCAC Fall Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll both years on squad
- Trautmann previously spent the past three years working as an assistant coach at the collegiate level. Her most recent stop was at NCAA Division III Allegheny College located in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Hired in May, 2016, Trautmann was brought on as an assistant but served as the acting head coach once 30-year head coach Bridget Sheehan took a leave of absence for the 2016 season due to medical reasons. The Gators posted a 9-16 record that campaign.
- Prior to that, Trautmann was the assistant volleyball coach at NAIA Williams Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. The team went 22-15 and 9-3 in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) when she was an assistant in 2015.
- During the 2014-15 school year, she worked at NCAA DIII Millsaps College. While with the Majors, Trautmann served as an assistant coach for volleyball and was the assistant for the Track and Field team. The volleyball team in 2014 rolled to a 22-6 record and 11-3 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). The Majors led all of NCAA DIII in digs per set at 22.32.
- In 2015-16 at Williams Woods University, she was part of the NAIA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament Staff.
- Before assisting at Millsaps, Trautmann was the head volleyball, assistant junior varsity basketball, and head throws coach for track & field at Waterford Union High School in Wisconsin. She also held positions as a volleyball lessons and camp instructor, club volleyball tournament director, and Badger Region USA volleyball official.
- Prior to coaching, Trautmann starred for both the volleyball and track & field teams at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her career-high 36 digs in a match ranked fifth highest in program history, and she claimed Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Sportsmanship honors in 2010 and WIAC All-Defensive Team accolades in 2011. The Warhawks won a regular-season WIAC title, a pair of WIAC Tournament crowns, and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments during her career.
- In track & field, Trautmann qualified for the 2010 and 2011 WIAC Championships (indoor and outdoor) in shot put and discus and was also named to the Academic Honor Roll.