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Hey Lion fans!

This past week was another successful one for your Lady Lions! We took two more wins on our home courts, and one of them being a 7-0 sweep against Texas State! That was also our sixth straight home win of the season bringing our record to 6-2 so far. It definitely gives us confidence going into conference matches this week. We not only have our first 2 conference matches this week, but we have our first away trip this weekend up to Northern California.

After our 2 wins last week, we did not celebrate too long. We got right back to work. We have been training hard the past few days to get ready for our conference matches this week. We have not only been working hard in our practices as a team, we have been working hard on our individual games as well. Even though we are a team and compete as a team, we still have our own games that are different than one another's. The other day in practice, Agustin went around and asked us what three things we need to work on individually. Sometimes to say it out loud helps you remember easier, so you can be conscious of it during practice. It's really motivating to see my teammates express what they need to work on then see them really make an effort to work on it practice. This kind of attitude is what really makes us a team in an individual sport and work together as a team. Even though we all have different things to work on, we work on them together.

Before we hit the road this Thursday for our first conference matches, we have a tough match against USC on Wednesday we are getting pumped and prepared for. The way I see it, this squad is more than ready for these matches this week! Don't forget to follow us on our website to keep track of how we do this week!

GO LIONS

Jessica


"THERE IS NO I IN TEAM"

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Hey there tennis fans!

I know you guys haven't heard from us in a while, but that's because your Lady Lions have been working hard the past few weeks! Our break finally came to an end this past Friday when we played a competitive match against Georgetown. All that hard work must be working because we got the W and won 5-2 after losing to them 4-3 last season. It's really amazing how tough and strong this squad has gotten this year. I've seen us continually get stronger and stronger since August and it's really exciting to be a part of a team who is constantly getting better. Our team chemistry is the best it's ever been and it's so enjoyable to compete with this team by my side. When I'm battling on court 1 and I look over on court 5 to see Cami battling for every point or look over next to me on court 2 and see Elvira getting fired up it really keeps me motivated. It's really awesome to look down the row of courts and see all my teammates battling, and more importantly, battling to win.

Our season continues with 2 matches this week! Wednesday against Yale and Thursday against Texas State. Both matches will start around 1pm and we love our fans out there so come out and support!

GO LIONS

Jessica

"STRIVE FOR PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION"

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Hey Lion fans!

Your Lady Lions had two cancellations this past weekend due to this crazy rain we have been getting! We had both our Saturday and Sunday matches cancelled. We haven't been able to reschedule Saturday's match with UC Riverside just yet.  Luckily, we were able to reschedule our match with Cal State Fullerton to this past Wednesday. We had a tough match against Cal State Fullerton and unfortunately fell short and lost 4-1.

Even though this team was a really tough team, we learned a lot from this loss. We learned that we need to push it more while we're out there competing. We need to work on being a little more tougher than our opponents. Even though we have improved a whole lot this year in many different ways, there are always things we need to work on. In a way, these matches are good for us because we can really learn from these losses. Each of us were able to reflect off our matches and express what we need to work on individually and as a team. When we had a team chat about the match afterwards I really liked how the team didn't take it in a negative way and they really took it as a learning experience, and that's something that good teams do.

We are now on another two-week break from matches! Now that we have what we need to work on in our minds, we can really use these next two weeks to get better. The middle of the season is approaching and I can't wait for the rest of the success this team is going to have this season. Until our next match on March 10th against Georgetown, catch us on the practice courts!

GO LIONS

Jessica

FULL WEEK OF MATCHES AHEAD FOR THE LADY LIONS

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Hey there Lion fans!

Your Lady Lions have had a two-week break off from matches, which means we've been doing tons of training! We have been working on different things that we saw in previous matches that we need to work on. In a way it was good for us to have this two-week break to get some full practices in and work on things we know we need to work on after having three matches under our belt.

Not only have we been hitting the courts, but we've been hitting the gym a ton and doing all sorts of conditioning. Conditioning is one of the most important elements during the season because we depend on it a lot when we are playing these matches. A lot of weeks we have back-to-back matches non-stop, and sometimes it's the players who can last who end up winning. It's the players who can hang in there and keep getting one more ball back who end up pulling out those tough wins. Also, if our bodies are strong and in shape we prevent injures as well. These past two weeks has really made us stronger and we have continued to stay injury free. I've really enjoyed watching this squad grow and get stronger every day, and one of the best qualities we have is we are always looking to get better. It's an awesome quality to have and we all really push each other every day. Whether it be in the weight room, on the field doing sprints or on the court we are always looking to get better.

Our season picks back up this week with three matches! We play UCI on Wednesday at 1pm at home, UC Riverside on Saturday at 11am at home and we have Cal State Fullerton at 11am away. It's a packed week for your Lady Lions, but we are strong and ready for these matches and I can't wait to compete with each one of them again! Also, we love having our fans out there supporting us and we'll be playing at home Wednesday and Saturday, so come support!

GO LIONS

Jess

BACK-TO-BACK HOME WINS FOR THE LADY LIONS

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Hey there tennis fans!

It was a successful week for your Lady Lions this past week! We had two awesome wins over schools we lost to last year. We beat Cal State Northridge 4-3, and we lost to them 4-3 last year. We beat Long Beach State 5-2, which we lost 7-0 to last year. I was so impressed with how well this squad competed. We really gave it our all and the results shows it.

Something that stood out to me about these past two matches were how much we won as a team and how much we competed as a team. Every single person contributed to winning these two matches and it was really awesome to be a part of. It didn't matter who was playing what, who was playing doubles or who was even in the line up. Every teammate from positions 1 through 6 and the one's on the sidelines really contributed. What a lot of people from the outside don't see is how much of a team effort winning a match is. If one person is being negative, it's going to bring the whole team's energy down. I know it may not sound true because we are all playing our individual matches, but it happens. You really feel it when you play. You feel it when the team's energy is bad and you feel it when the team's energy is good. I thought that was something we really did well in these past two matches. Everyone kept their heads up and kept fighting no matter what the score was. Our teammates on the sidelines kept yelling encouraging words to us and that plays a big part as well. It's really important that your team is on the same page and has the same positive energy because that's how you pull off team wins like the one's we just had. If we keep going with this positive energy and attitude, we're only going to get better.

Your Lady Lions are on a two week break now, which means we're back out on our normal practice schedule. This break from matches is a good way for us to keep practicing hard and striving for our goals. It's also good for us after coming off two wins because it's a good opportunity to work harder. Now that we have seen a little preview of how well we could do this season, I think we are more motivated than ever. Keep an eye out for this squad this season!

GO LIONS

Jessica

LADY LIONS BATTLE AGAINST UCLA

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Hey there Lion fans!

Your Lady Lions played a very competitive match against UCLA this past Saturday! Even though we lost, we really gave a good fight out there. It was the best match LMU has played against UCLA in a long time, so that was major motivation for us starting out the season. Huge shout out to our two freshmen Cami and Vony who got singles victories! They fought and competed so hard in their first season match and we're all so proud of them!

This match was really good for us to play because it really shows what we are capable of this season. We had so many close matches with a top 10 team and it was a confidence booster for us. Something that Agustin pointed out after the match was how good our team chemistry is. I couldn't agree more with that because our team chemistry is awesome. Being an individual sport, it's hard to create good team chemistry because naturally tennis players are most likely not accustom to a team environment. I'm really amazed with how much of a team we are and how much we work as a team. We just all seem to be on the same page with everything when it comes to the team and we created team goals we want to accomplish this season together. Of course we are going to get a little selfish sometimes because that is just the nature of the game. At the end of the day, we're still by ourselves out there on the court. Nonetheless, I think our team chemistry is going to be an essential part for this season so I'm excited with what this team is going to do!

We continue the start of our season this week with back-to-back home matches this Thursday and Friday. Even though we had a positive experience from the first match, we're always in the mindset that we always have more work to do. We play Cal State Northridge Thursday at 1 and Cal State Long Beach Friday at 1. We love when our fans come out and support us, so we would appreciate if you guys could stop by this week!

GO LIONS

Jessica

SEASON IS UPON US

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Hey there Lion fans!

It's been a while since the last update on your Lady Lions! We all had a nice and long winter break with our families and friends. Now we're back at school and getting ready to start the official season!

We had a busy first week going full speed with practicing. Along with practice, we also had fitness testing this week. There was some solid improvement in the fitness testing this week and a lot of us improved our records from December, so that was a great way to start off the semester. We also had solid practices this week and we are all playing well in all different ways.

Even though we had a solid start to the semester, Agustin and Katie always emphasize that we have to always aim to do better. It's something we really have emphasized as a team as well. It's really important to never be satisfied with what we are at because if we are we won't keep improving. At the beginning of the week, we made goals we want to accomplish this season as a team. We are constantly reminding ourselves of these goals we want to accomplish, so we can always focus on getting better every day this season.  

We open our season this coming Friday playing UCLA at the Riviera Country Club at 1!

GO LIONS

Jessica

ONE TOURNAMENT LEFT FOR THE FALL SEASON

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Hey there tennis fans!

Your Lady Lions just returned from Dallas, Texas a couple of days ago where we were playing a tournament over at Southern Methodist University. It was a really great experience for us playing different schools from different parts of the U.S. and different opponents. We had some really good matches with schools such as Tulsa, Oklahoma State and Wyoming. It was also a tough tournament for us because we had to play matches indoors and outdoors, but it's good preparation for us for the spring.

On our way back home from Dallas, Agustin asked us what we learned from this tournament and what did we learn playing these big teams we don't normally play. We came to the conclusion that these girls are tough, fit and they don't give up. This fall, Agustin has been really emphasizing to us how we have to learn to suffer out there while we're playing these matches. We have to figure out a way to compete well no matter what the circumstances are. If something is hurting or if the forehand isn't working well we have to find a way to stay in the match. We have to show our opponents that we are never going to give up and if something isn't working well we don't show it to them. We break our opponents down mentally by doing this, by showing them we're not going to break down first. It's something we're really working on as a team and if we really improve on this, this squad will be dangerous in the spring!

Believe it or not our fall season is coming to an end! We have our last tournament at Cal State Northridge this weekend which most of us are going to. It's crazy to think this is my last fall season, but to keep the sadness away I think of the full season we have up ahead. We'll be out there competing this Friday through Saturday this weekend, so wish us luck!

That's all for now!

GO LIONS

Jessica

DALLAS UP NEXT FOR LADY LIONS

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Hey there Lion fans!

Four of your Lady Lions got back from regionals this past Saturday. We had some tough matches out there against some tough schools, but we got some really great matches in to prepare us for the spring.

This week we have a full training week Monday through Saturday! This is one of our last full training weeks this season. It's so crazy how fast it goes by, but I know everyone is really looking forward to the spring. Fall is such a good preparation for our season in the spring, but it is really a grind. Playing tournament after tournament along with full training and practices in between is tough. I can really see how strong we are getting physically and mentally from this fall season. It's really exciting to see in preparation for the season.

 Something I've really noticed the past few weeks is our team chemistry with each other and the coaches. Everyday we are becoming more and more of a team and the chemistry between all of us is something you don't see often. Good team chemistry is something that is also very important when we compete in season, and knowing we're getting that now in the fall will only make us stronger for the spring.

We only have two tournaments left believe it or not! Next weekend we have our big trip of the fall season to Dallas, Texas to play a tournament at Southern Methodist University. Everyone is really excited to travel as a team and play some new opponents. It will really be good experience for us and a new experience for our newbies on the team! I know we're going to compete well and show other schools what we're capable of!

That's all for now tennis fans!

GO LIONS

Jessica

REGIONALS UP NEXT FOR THE LADY LIONS

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 Hey there tennis fans!

Your Lady Lions had some tough matches this past weekend in the Cal State Long Beach tournament. We all took home a win on the first day, but faced some tough matches the second day. One of our freshman, Vony got to the semifinals and lost a tight match against the University of San Diego. Shout out to her for competing so well! I was able to make it to the finals again, but lost a close one in the finals to Cal State Long Beach. Overall, all four of us competed hard this weekend.

We have this weekend off from tournaments, but that means a full week of training! We have regionals next week which is one of the biggest tournaments of the fall season. We're really focusing and practicing hard this week, so we can compete hard against the tough schools we're going to face. We've been doing a lot of drills this week to work on consistency. Agustin has pointed out to us that consistency is a little bit of a weak spot on our team. We've been doing a variety of drills to help us keep every ball in and run every ball down. Agustin and Katie always emphasize to us to run every ball down and do whatever it takes to stay in the point. Even though sometimes we may lose the point because the opponent played a tough point, but that's okay because we want the opponent to have to play to beat us. If we constantly stay in the point and show our opponents we're going to run every ball down, it will most likely make them miss first. This also shows we're always in the match, and we're never going to give the opponent anything. This type of mindset for the tournament this weekend is going to help us compete hard against these tough schools.

I can already see this mindset taking place in practice this week, and it's really motivating to see. If we keep this intensity and mindset up and maybe even increase it a little bit, we can really do some damage at regionals next week!

I'll be putting up another blog during the tournament next week for an update!

GO LIONS

Jessica