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"TOUGH TIMES DON'T LAST, TOUGH TEAMS DO"

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Hey there Lion fans!

Your Lady Lions had a very successful weekend on the road! We won both our away matches against University of San Diego and BYU. These were awesome matches to win because we had some unfortunate injuries and sicknesses that kept a few of us out this past weekend. We actually ended up going to BYU with only 5 players and still pulled out the W and made the conference tournament. I was so happy I was on that trip because it was such a spectacular match to be a part of. Having to forfeit a doubles team and a singles point is really tough to come back from. Our No.2 doubles team had never even played a dual match together before and they competed so well. Elvira and I ended up winning our doubles match as well and we started off the match strong by clinching the doubles point. We ended up killing it singles bringing the overall score to 4-1.

This was an awesome trip to be a part of because it shows what a strong team we really are. The five of us who competed understood we had some unfortunate events thrown our way and we just accepted it and went out and competed our hardest. Even though there were only 5 of us out there we still felt the support from the ones back home who could not play. They felt terrible they could not compete with us, but we still felt so much support from them. This was a real test for us to show how tough we really are and how hard we have been working. I was so proud on how we all pulled together and competed our hardest. Even at an away match in high altitude, we were still able to play tough and it really sets a tone going into our last two matches this weekend at home and the conference tournament next week.

We have our last two home matches this Friday and Saturday against Gonzaga and Portland, which means this Saturday is our senior day. I can't believe the time has come that I am going to play my last home match ever, but I could not be more excited to compete at home this weekend. Julia and I would really appreciate whoever can make it out and watch us compete at home one last time. We play Friday at 1pm and Saturday at 11am.

GO LIONS

Jessica

LADY LIONS BACK ON THE ROAD THIS WEEK

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Hey there Lion fans!

Your Lady Lions had some grinding matches this past weekend at home. We had two conference matches against University of San Francisco and Santa Clara. We had a good match against San Francisco and took the W, but we had a tough loss to Santa Clara. It was hard taking that loss after having a good win the day before. It came down to two matches in singles and just did not pull it out. We were pretty discouraged as a team after that loss because we really felt we have been working hard lately. It was one of those matches we really felt we could have pulled out if we just competed a little harder. The good thing about this match is that we learned a lot from it and we are motivated than ever for our last few conferences matches we have coming up. After a loss, we always try to focus on what went wrong and how we can do better. Although we get discouraged, we try to always use it as a learning experience because that is what the good players do and how they get better. We have been working hard ever since the match and we are always looking to get better every day. Something I really admire about this squad is how motivated everyone gets after a tough loss. I can always see how everyone wants to get better and compete even harder in the next match and it's a really great team trait to have.

Our conference matches continue this week with our last two away matches of the season. We begin this Thursday against University of San Diego then we fly out to Utah this weekend to take on BYU on Saturday. We're excited for these next two away matches because now we're more motivated than ever and I can't wait to compete with them this week.

GO LIONS

Jessica

LADY LIONS KEEP MOVING FORWARD

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Hey there tennis fans!

Your Lady Lions had a tough weekend this past weekend. First, on Saturday we had a tough match against Pepperdine and on Sunday we had another tough loss against UC Santa Barbara. They were both really tough matches and really tough matches to play against, but we competed very well and showed these teams that we can put up a fight too.

Even though we were discouraged we lost two matches after doing so well, we are not letting that bring us down. Our coaches told us after the match to use these matches as an opportunity to get better. Even though we all hate to losing, we are really going to use these tough losses as an opportunity to work harder this week and bounce back. We are going to continue to move forward and take these matches as a learning experience and to get motivated for the next ones. Conference matches are still just beginning and there's still plenty of room for this squad to make some damage this season.

Our season continues this week with three home matches. We have UC Riverside on Wednesday, University of San Francisco on Friday and Santa Clara on Saturday. As I always say, we love playing at home and really love and appreciate our fans coming out and supporting us, so we hope we see you guys out there!

Hey there tennis fans!

Your Lady Lions had a long road trip this past weekend in Northern California. We had a 4-day road trip and played three matches in a row. On Friday, we had our first conference win against Pacific 4-0,so that was a great way to start off our weekend! On Saturday we had a very close match with St. Mary's and unfortunately lost in a tight 4-3 match. It came down to the third tiebreaker on court 2 and we basically only lost by a couple points. Even though we were disappointed we didn't get the win, we competed so hard against them and definitely did not hand them the win. This team was tough, and for us to come that close gives us more confidence for the rest of our conference matches coming up. On Sunday, we were able to finish our weekend strong with a 4-1 victory over Sacramento State.

I was so proud on how well we competed this past weekend. The way we compete is getting better and better. We make our opponents work for every single point and that is very important. Agustin and Katie always tell us if our opponent is going to win a point against us, make them work for it and make them earn it. I see this mindset more and more in this team and it is only going to make us that much stronger for the rest of our conference matches coming up.

This weekend we have two tough matches against our rivals Pepperdine on Saturday and UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. These are both tough teams that we are up against, but I think we are just as tough as they are. We are training hard this week for these matches and I can see how focused and ready this squad is for them as well. We play Pepperdine Saturday at 11am and UC Santa Barbara at 3pm. Both of these matches are at home and we would really appreciate your support out there!

GO LIONS

Jessica


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