University of Iowa Athletics

#12 Bailey Ortega

Height 5-9
Class Sr.
Hometown Davenport, Iowa
High School Davenport North
Bailey Ortega - Volleyball - University of Iowa Athletics

2022 as a junior

  • Saw action in 86 sets
  • Registered 357 assists to total 1,582 career assists, ranking 10th most all-time at Iowa
  • Totaled 93 digs and 10 kills
  • Invited to participate in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Program
  • Academic all-Big Ten honoree
  • Letterwinner

2021 as a sophomore

  • Saw action in all 107 sets
  • Recorded 838 assists on 2330 total attempts
  • Served at a .918
  • Tallied 201 digs
  • Named to Academic All Big Ten and Fall Dean’s List
  • Letterwinner

Spring 2021 as a freshman

  • Started all but two matches this season
  • Led Iowa with 387 assists and averaged 5.2 assists per set
  • Recorded 30+ assists twice this season and 20+ assists in eight matches; tallied double-digit assists in all but one match
  • Set personal bests in assists (34) and digs (12) Feb. 20 against Rutgers
  • Second on the team with 19 aces; recorded six matches with two aces

High School

  • Four-time all-conference honoree.
  • Named All-Metro three times.
  • Named Academic All-State her junior year.
  • Named All-District her senior year.
  • Two-time team captain during her junior and senior seasons.
  • Played on the Iowa team in the Iowa vs Illinois All-Star match.
  • Won the 17 National Division at USA VB Nationals in 2019.
  • Three-year varsity basketball letterwinner and was named All-Metro and All-Conference.
  • Invited to the USA HP A1 training program and team to play in the USA HP Championships in Fort Lauderdale, FL. (placed fourth)
  • High school coach was Heath Donath.
  • National Honor Society member, Junior and senior year. Graduated with first honors (GPA of 3.75-3.99)
  • Member of Ambassadors, Junior and senior year. Directed Dancing with the Stars fundraiser for 9 years, raising over $100,000 for Davenport North athletic teams with her mom. Student section leader her senior year.


  • Born Oct. 17, 2001.
  • Daughter of Shelly and Mike Ortega.
  • Mom played basketball at Western Illinois University.
  • Has one sibling – Blain.
  • Brother played basketball at St. Ambrose and cousin plays volleyball at Blackhawks College.