University of Iowa Athletics

#12 Bailey Ortega

Height 5-10
Class So.
Hometown Davenport, Iowa
High School Davenport North
Bailey Ortega - Volleyball - University of Iowa Athletics

2023 as a senior

  • Saw action in all 111 sets
  • Reached the 2,000 career assists milestone on October 20th at Penn State
  • After 592 assists in the 2023 season, Ortega finished her Hawkeye career 9th on Iowa’s all-time assists list with 2,174 career assists, passing Jitka Stehnova (2,159; 2002-03).
  • Totaled 182 digs, 21 kills, and eight service aces
  • Academic All-Big Ten honoree
  • Academic All-District
  • Fall 2023 Dean’s List

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


  • Born Oct. 17, 2001
  • Daughter of Shelly and Mike Ortega
  • Majoring in Sport and Recreation Management