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2016-2017 SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE

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Hey there tennis fans!

Believe it or not our season has come to an end. We had a heartbreaking loss to San Diego last Thursday in the conference tournament. They came in ready to play us and we just could not pull out the W. That means that was Julia and I's last match. It was probably one of the most emotional days we have had to experience , but I couldn't have asked for better teammates to play my last college match with. They really made us feel special our last few matches and we couldn't thank them enough.

We're so grateful we had the opportunity to play for LMU these past 4 years and we wouldn't trade it for the world. We've met so many great people along the way that have taught us so much and help us during our college tennis career. Looking back, I'm definitely not the same person I was when I was a freshman. LMU has taught me so much and I couldn't have done it without my teammates, coaches, athletic staff and everyone else I had the privilege to meet during my time here.

I want to thank all of my readers who take the time to read my blog every week!  Even though this is my final blog and final farewell, I hope this blog will continue to get passed down! LMU will always be a part of me and I cannot wait to see the success this program is going to have in the years to come!

GO LIONS

Jessica


LIONS BACK ON THE ROAD FOR WCC TOURNAMENT

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Hey there tennis fans!

Your Lady Lions had a pretty successful weekend this past weekend! We had our final two dual matches of the season against Gonzaga and Portland. Since it was our last two matches it was also senior weekend, which means it was Julia and I's last two home matches ever. I have to admit, it was really strange walking out there on senior day thinking it was the last time I was ever going to play on LMU courts. I have been playing on them for so long that I couldn't believe I could only do it one more time. The coaches and the rest of our teammates really did an awesome job of making Julia and I feel special and we couldn't have asked for a better senior day. On Friday, we unfortunately fell short to Gonzaga and couldn't pull it out. However, we were able to bounce back and get the W against Portland on Saturday and earn a for sure spot in the WCC tournament.

We have the first round of the tournament this Thursday at 10am against USD in Claremont. We just had good win over them a few weeks ago, so we have some confidence going against them in the first round. However, we know they won't go down without a fight so we're going to be ready to go out there and play our best tennis. Next week will be my final blog for the year and ever, so stay tuned for my closing blog as I say goodbye to LMU and college tennis!

GO LIONS

Jessica

"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