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Hey there tennis fans!

It's been a long road! Your lady lions have been through a whirl-wind of a season. Emotions have been run high and blood, sweat and tears has been put into every practice and match we have had all year long. It's a true testament to the tremendous tenacity each and every player has each and every day we hit the court.

We finished up our last two matches on the road....literally a road trip as in, we drove. We drove up to Northern California for our match against St. Mary's followed by a Stockton trip a little farther north to play University of Pacific. The heat was brutal. St. Mary's was our first opponent and they were tough. The match didn't go our way but Jessica had a solid win at 1 singles.

Pacific was next and our final match of the regular season before the conference tournament. We literally left it all on the court. The match was close throughout. There were two hugely important matches in the end that ultimately determined the overall outcome of the match. Both Anna and Julia were initially down in their matches at no. 3 and 6 singles, but that fire in them that I admire so much kept them grinding away and they both made huge comebacks so we could ultimately secure those matches and clinch the victory 4-3 over Pacific! It was amazing and such an awesome way to end the regular season.

Coach Jamie was so proud of us and he texted us after we traveled back home after the long trip to let us know how proud he was of us and it made us feel so great. Of course we work so hard to achieve our own satisfaction of winning but we also do it for our team and for our coaches who sacrifice and incredible amount of time and effort to helping us be the best version of ourselves not only on the tennis court but off as well. It is the biggest treat for a coach to see his players utilize the skills we have been taught from our rigorous hours on the court. We're making him proud!

This is what he texted us after the big win: "Everyone, I want you to know that yesterday's match was a monumental team effort. It was one of the best experiences that I had the pleasure of experiencing as a coach. Thank you for the privilege of sharing it with me!" Jamie

Okay, I would be lying if I said I didn't get a little teary-eyed. This is exactly what we need to hear as we head into the conference tournament this coming week. On Tuesday, we head down to San Diego to play at the infamous Barnes Tennis Center for the tournament. Our first round match is "to be determined" but we more than ever, the lady lions are hungry to battle our hearts off for one last time. If you see any of us around campus this week, wish us good luck and we hope to make you all proud and bring home the championship!

That's all for now. GO LIONS!



Hey there tennis fans!

We wrapped up our final home matches of the season with Pepperdine on Thursday and Portland on Saturday. Our doubles looked so strong and we almost snuck the point away from Pepperdine. I was so impressed and we had great momentum going into singles play.

The No. 16th ranked Pepperdine is a long time rival and always puts forth a solid squad but like all of the matches we play, we were right in there the whole time. Special shout out to Jess at 1 for her huge singles win. That was a huge win for her! Unfortunately that was the only win we got in the match, but this match in particular was a prime example of the final score on paper does not reflect the performances out there in the slightest.

Our next match up was against the No. 48th ranked Portland Pilots on Saturday. That was also Senior Day since we acknowledged that was our very last home match of our college careers. We recognized the five individuals who have been a member of the team since freshmen year. And I know every individual out there brought out their fiercest inner lion to make the seniors proud. Portland is once again a very tough team as every single team in our conference. We had such clutch singles wins from Anna and Kristine at 3 and 4. They were ultimate tenacious battlers and I know those were great wins for their confidences.

Followed by the match, some fans, friends, and family joined our team in a conference room for a little ceremony to honor the seniors for Senior Day. I did not have the intent that I was going to cry, but the minute we sat down to start the ceremony, the tears started shedding. We hadn't even started yet! Needless to say, I was an emotional wreck. And they were contagious! My fellow team captain, Lisa's eyes started to water and then some of our teammates as well. Oh gosh. It did not make it easy to get through that ceremony. 



Coach Jamie talked about all five of us seniors individually including Ana Lucia, Madison, Kristine (who will be tennis eligible for one more year), Lisa and myself. Jamie shared a quote for each of us for which he thought would be an accurate depiction of us. And they were. It was really sweet but very emotional. It really hit me how enormous an impact the tennis team has been on my college years. Those strenuous practices 6 days a week, the cross training, the meetings, the matches, the team bonding....what an incredible ride it's been! But I would not change any bit of it for the world. I don't want to get too sappy yet as the season is not completely over and I don't want to start tearing up again as I am writing this. To be continued...

This coming week, we finish up our last two matches on the road with St. Mary's followed by University of Pacific. Here it is! The final two before the big Conference tournament. So let's keep the positive vibes going the Lion way and wish us luck for the last leg of the season!

That's all for now! GO LIONS!



Hey there tennis fans!

            I am sorry that I did not post last week. I have decided to combine this week's blog with last week's as it was our Spring Break. Although us student athletes who have spring sports don't have much of a "spring break" because we are in the very height of our seasons. That is just the nature of being a collegiate student athlete. Our will power is ultimately put to the test with our most competitive foot forward as we carry on through the remainder of the season.  It definitely helps to not have to attend classes during this "spring break" though. Actually, thank goodness we don't have to...We had three matchs  upon us, two of which would be home games.

            We began our spring break with a tough match against USD. The Torreros had a pretty similar record thus far this season so we knew it would be a close one. And a close one it was indeed. Doubles gave us a little trouble. Even though we all possess awesome doubles knowledge, we still battle some execution problems that sometime we cannot afford to give up when doubles match are so incredibly quick. Doubles did hurt us, but each singles match was fought so well from us that it could have been anyone's match. The outcome did not go our way and it left us at 2-5 loss, but once again this loss was not due to a lack of talent. It was simply USD staying a little more mentally tough until the bitter end. They just wanted it a little more than we did.



            Referring to the above quote, (Coach Jamie's of course) "You can't outplay your self belief. Building belief is your secret weapon." Before we can focus on results, we must have belief in ourselves. Having self-belief is essentially a foundation for success. They go together in a sense. 

How can you expect to be successful when you don't even have faith in yourself? With this said, self-belief is a key ingredient, ergo our secret weapon to see the results we want to on the court. We need to keep up the encouragement amongst the team in order for us to be reminded how truly amazing each and everyone os us and that anyone can beat anyone any day of the week. The sky's the limit!

            Our next opponent: Santa Clara on Thursday. Our doubles didn't give us a chance to start strong but our singles matches were super well fought from 1-6. And every single match was incredibly close until the bitter end. 

That brutal 3-4 loss struck again. And as easy as it is to dwell on a loss especially as close as that one, we had to hang our heads high for the next one. Any negative energy carried on from a loss can really affect the next match. This is because as tennis players, we realize how much of a mental challenge it is. Have you ever heard the quote, "tennis is 90% mental and 10% physical?" Odd to think about initially but when you think about how much the sport gets to your head. 

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When you miss an easy approach shot going to net, it's hard not to get mad at yourself and erase it from your mind entirely when you are given a 30 second break before the next point. Or how about the instance when you are up 4-3, Deuce (because we don't play add's in the new format).

 If you think too hard about it, you can lose the point and bring it back to 4-4 or if you play fiercely, you can win that game and put yourself in good position to win the set with a 5-3 lead. Minds are crazy and they are racing constantly. And we are only human, but we can control our minds to the best that we can.


This past Saturday (on Easter-eve) we played USF. This match was no different than our battles against USD and Santa Clara. These players are just as hungry and feisty and competitive as the girls before. And never in my mind do I doubt that we aren't ready. The matches against USF were tight until that very last match on. 

Special shout out to Kristine for her clutch win at 4 after facing some obstacles throughout the match. The ending match score did not end up giving 

16825663860_39262fe927_o.jpgLMU the overall victory but I was still so impressed with the fight from my teammates. We are in every match we play we never give up. And at the end of the day, that is all you can ask for in a player.

That's all for now! GO LIONS!



Hey there tennis fans!

The grind is real. Not one match we have played has been an easy one. We are facing all ranked teams that are just as feisty and tenacious to win. No mercy, right? What sets us back a little bit is that we lack the confidence we need to stay strong and hang tough through every single match situation. When we start to lose that fire, we see this energy carry out into our other matches that follow and it becomes really difficult to bounce back and secure the wins.

We hosted our first home conference match of the season against Gonzaga. Although the result was not in our favor, we battled as best we could. San Diego State was our next opponent and they always have a strong squad so we could not afford to show any signs of weakness. Unfortunately we fell short as well and it seemed we felt both physically and emotionally defeated. It breaks my heart to see my team so bummed out.

We need to find it in ourselves to believe that we can beat any team we play. We don't lack the talent nor the passion. We have it! We just have to find it again. The season is still young. We are just getting into our conference matches and we have time to make a strong turn around. The results will come and it's important in these times that we stay motivated and support each other because although tennis is an individual sport and our results are based on the individual performances, we still are a team at the end of the day, and any sort of support we can get can only help us moving forward.

This coming weekend we start our spring break. So yay for the no classes! We do have quite a jam-packed match schedule however with three conference matches lined up the following week. So we must keep that focus strong and be ready to battle! To tip off Spring break weekend, we will travel down to San Diego to play USD. Wish us luck!

I love my team and I know we can get through this little speed bump. So let's go lady lions and lets embark on this comeback trail!




Hey there tennis fans!

We are well into the height of our season and things are heating up. Our bodies are getting stronger, more agile and somewhat more flexible but we would be lying if we said that our bodies aren't taking a beating from all of the matches we have played one after the other. As Division I players, we understand the discipline that is required, the caliber of tennis that we must compete against and the brutal travel schedule; it is simply the nature of the game. With this said, of course we are going to feel fatigued from time to time but because we know what is expected of us and what level so many aspiring junior tennis players out there aspire to be at, it is crucial that we recover and bounce back quick and as fresh as ever. Easier said then done sometimes, but hey, if tennis was easy, than everyone would do it!

On Thursday we ventured over to Logan, Utah for back-to-back matches. We had a huge first win on Thursday over the No. 69 ranked, Utah State. That was a major test of our tenacity and our "refuse to lose" mentality. We were right into every single match until the bitter end. They made me so proud out there! Special shout out to Kristine and Julia who had clutch wins at No. 4 and 5 singles to clinch our victory. BYU was our next match-up not to mention, our first conference match of the season. They were tough, no doubt about it. Ranked No. 52, BYU gave us some tough competition to work against but we held our own and fought as hard as we could. The match didn't go our way but we know we couldn't get too down because we had another match on the horizon.

With a day of practice in between, we were faced with yet another day of competition against No. 75, Sacramento State. The matches were tight, but Sac State pulled out the victory a little fresher and tougher than we did. A little mental and physical break from tennis is much needed after a crazy week that we went through.

We were thankful to get this past Monday off to regroup and catch up on sleep and schoolwork that all added up upon our absence in Utah followed by our match against Sac State on Sunday. That's three matches in four days! Yikes!

We are going to try to hang mentally and physically strong throughout this coming week so we are ready for our duel set of matches for Saturday: Gonzaga and San Diego State.

Wish us luck and GO LIONS!



Hey there tennis fans,

This past week was an extremely moving week at LMU to celebrate women. LMU hosted its first annual Title IX celebration. And I just happen to know someone who is a strong proponent of Title IX: my coach. Not only does Title IX hold a special place in his heart, but he basically started Title IX at our university by introducing the first ever women's sports team (tennis) and athletic scholarship on campus. He's a living legend I tell you.

Just as a refresher as to what this whole Title IX thing is about... 1972 marked the date when Title IX of the Education Amendment passed as a primary law barring sex discrimination in education, activities and sports programs. Since then, Title IX required schools and colleges to receive federal funds to give women and girls equal opportunities to compete in athletics as well as receive scholarships, equipment, coaching, facilities (all of which had been given to men and excluded from women before). It is fascinating to hear how impactful Title IX has been for female athletes. In fact, the number of female college athletes is nearly five times the pre-Title IX rate.

In order to honor and celebrate Title IX at LMU, ASLMU (Associated Students of LMU) organized a series of events throughout the week. The celebration opened up with a field day, (an open activity day during convo for both genders to play sports in a fun atmosphere), followed by an amazing speech, which was delivered by the incredibly admirable and poised former professional basketball player, Lisa Leslie. It was fascinating to listen to her experiences as a woman in professional sports. She was a perfect representation of what Title IX is all about. And hey, she was the first woman to ever dunk in basketball! Coach Jamie insisted I take a picture with her in the end. So I snagged this one (attached). She's pretty tall, eh? 


Continuing the Title IX festivities, Mid way through the week, there was a "dinner and dialogue" event where female faculty and staff members discussed working in academia at a professional level as women. Lastly, ASLMU arranged a panel that discussed what college was like for women prior to Title IX and Coach Jamie was on it! The more times I hear about Jamie's journey at LMU from a student-athlete to a coach of both the men's and women's team to now professor and the copious amount of achievements made in between then, I will forever be in awe.


It was an awesome week and we could tell how passionate Jamie was about each and every event that celebrated Title IX. Because of this, my team and I made sure we could come support him any and every chance we had.

Back to a tennis note, we had a tough loss (3-4) to CSU Fullerton on Saturday. We are battling some physical hick-ups from the squad which I think affected our overall performance. At this point, it is super important that we are taking care of our bodies (physically and mentally) so that we are ready for all of these conference matches that come one after the other. We need to stay as healthy as possible and prevent this fatigue that tends to happen the more matches we play so often. We now gear up for two matches in Utah this week. First, we play Utah State and BYU (our first conference match!)

That's all for now. GO LIONS!



Hey there tennis fans!

Can you believe it's March already? I know I always say that time flies in my blog but I can't help but realize it more than ever because I am a senior and deep into my final semester of my collegiate career. And everything I do or have done this year could be for the last time. Okay, it's too early on to get sappy, but I would be lying if I said I didn't think about it from time to time. Anytime my co-captain, Lisa and I bring up the thought of graduating, we have to stop ourselves... "Live in the present," as Coach Jamie would say.

Speaking of Jamie's classic quotes, we caught him revealing to The Loyolan (when he interviewed to celebrate his 40th year as head coach) that this year's squad is his favorite. However, we discovered that he likes us so much because it is part of his nature to enjoy everyone he surrounds himself with in that present moment. I guess we can consider ourselves special, right?

We focused this past week primarily on doubles because we have been struggling a little bit with our executions in matches. We have also been trying out different doubles teams. Additionally, we decided to have a team intervention about our slow start problem in our matches. Our energy tends to be lower than it should be especially with the ITA format shortening our matches significantly. With that said, we cannot really afford to start so slowly in our matches because it can be sometimes difficult to switch momentums when are starting from behind. Easy fix, let's avoid the slow starts, yeah?

This past weekend, we road tripped to Las Vegas to face two teams where we would try to change some things in our warm ups that could potentially help us with our slow start issue. And well, I would say it worked pretty well for us. After basic hitting and pattern play to get rhythm down in our warm ups, we decided to ad feed in drilling for certain doubles situations (whether it was two up two back, one up one back or even all four up at net). These drills really helped us with keeping our reflexes in tact, not to mention, it kept us light on our feet and it kept our energy high. 


Once it came to our first match against University of Arizona on Saturday, I noticed that there was huge improvement in our doubles play. We were all so effective with hitting the right targets and closing out at the necessary times that we looked super sharp. Our positivity was on point as well. We ended up clinching the doubles point which was great for our confidence going into the singles matches. We battled some pretty tough conditions out there as well. The winds were harsh and gusty, and Coach Jamie reiterated to us that we needed to have that in our heads that we were going to play some "ugly" tennis. However, it was out of our control and we needed to do our best to keep moving forward in the match and not dwell when things were not going our way. Singles was tough for us but we stayed strong throughout giving the Wildcats a good run for their money. Shout out to Anna for a great win at 4. Our final score was 2-5.

Because we had an early match time of 10am, we had most of the afternoon off. We couldn't help but realize that the Strip happens to be in the neighborhood. You toss a ball to serve on the UNLV courts, (where our two matches were played), and you can catch a glimpse of the Hard Rock, Cosmopolitan, Venetian in your peripherals. Whoa. We decided to spend most of the afternoon and early in the evening walking around the strip, which is ridiculously entertaining. The city is truly amazing. The amount of crazy people walking around, the dedicated addictive gamblers and well the incredibly luxurious hotels and sites is unreal. It tires you out to take it all in, my gosh. But it was a great little trip and a great way to clear our heads from tennis a little bit. We had a nice team dinner at Yardhouse, followed by some Sprinkles cupcakes and headed back early for the night so we could gear up for our Sunday match against UNLV. 


The UNLV Rebels are a competitive team and they were a perfect match for us. All three doubles team had super strong starts, however we slipped a little bit and the Rebels capitalized on some of our basic errors and we had trouble closing the matches out. The doubles point went to the Rebels, but it was super close. I am still impressed with how well we executed certain points. Things did not really go our way in singles and it cost us making a comeback and ending the day with a victory. Jessica played an amazing match at 1 where she won 0 and 1. So that was awesome. Overall, I think there were some positive takeaways from the weekend and we will carry this with us as we continue along into season and with conference matches right around the corner.

This coming Saturday, we are playing CSU Fullerton on their home turf. We hope to bring back a win for the Lady Lions!

That's all for now. GO LIONS!



Hey there tennis fans!

            Your lady lions were graced with Spring Break No. 1 this past Wednesday, which was much to our delight. Spring Break in February you might ask? Funky I know. We have a different break schedule for this spring semester than normal, and one of which happened to be this week. Coach Jamie gave us the day off on Wednesday, which was nice because we had absolutely no obligations to attend. We did not have to worry about rushing back for weights or practice from class. We could seize the day and give ourselves a full mental break from all our responsibilities. And it was smack-down in the middle of the week!

            Lisa, Ellie and I decided to go hiking in Malibu for the day. The day was warm with a little cloud cover and I researched a prime hiking trail overlooking the ocean as well as the Malibu hills that we could tackle. It was beautiful! After, we decided to go to that ever-trendy lunch spot, Malibu Farms, on the pier. Not surprisingly, it did not seize to disappoint. It was a day well spent. 

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        The rest of our team utilized that free-time appropriately and caught up on some homework while others went to the beach to enjoy that rare February sunshine. Julia was happy to spend some time with her family who traveled over from Sweden for a couple weeks. They used that free Wednesday to go to Disneyland. What a treat! 

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            We returned to practice mode full force on Thursday to gear up for our match against UCSB on Saturday. It is amazing what one-day of rest can to your mind and body. It was much needed. We traveled up to Santa Barbara Saturday morning. The Gauchos were looking strong right out of the gates, and it was tough to shift our momentum and play with reckless abandon. Anna had an awesome win at 5 but unfortunately we could not secure the win.

            We hang our heads high, however as we press on into this week. On Friday morning, we travel to the city of Sin, Las Vegas to take on University of Arizona and UNLV. It will not be your average Vegas adventure but we are excited for a little road trip and to keep working on our games so we can improve each and every match in order to best prepare us once the conference matches start.

Wish us luck as our season continues to roll on through. That's all for now! GO LIONS!



Hey there tennis fans!

This week was a good week for your lady lions. We finally got around to taking our team picture for the website. It's only one picture that we need, but of course (because we are girls) it almost seems virtually impossible to get the perfect picture and one that everyone will equally like or at least, tolerate. So it may not surprise you that a majority of us want to retake them this week. Girls will be girls, am I right?

The Loyolan came to interview Coach Jamie about celebrating his big 40th season as head coach. Not too long ago, you might remember that I actually wrote an almost identical article about Jamie for one of my journalism classes, which will also be featured in March's issue of Inside Tennis Magazine. So definitely check that out when that's released! In addition to Jamie's interview regarding his 40th anniversary, they requested that the two captains also be interviewed for the story. So Lisa and I had to string some nice thoughts to say about Jamie.

It was a struggle. Totally kidding....we can go on forever about some of the crazy endeavors he's experienced, the philosophical epiphanies, the corky jokes that come out on a daily basis but also about how great of a mentor, coach and father figure he has been to all of us and I imagine all of his former players over the past 40 years. Stay tuned for that article to be released in the Loyolan soon!

This past Saturday, which happened to be Valentines Day, we traveled up north to play the Cal Poly Mustangs. Our matches are always super tight with them year after year so we were mentally prepared for a heated battle. After a tough doubles go, we stepped it up big time in singles play and posted wins across the board except for one. This left us with a final match score of 5-2. Shout out to my lions for the big fight. It made that long 4 ½ or so hours or so drive worth it. Not to mention on a day celebrating love, we could walk away playing the sport we love with a victory. What can be better?

Entering our Spring Beak this week, we have yet another travel trip to play UCSB this coming Saturday. So we're looking forward to that.

That's all for now! GO LIONS!



Hey there tennis fans!

This week we had a pair of matches. The first team we battled was No. 74, UC Irvine at Ivine. Doubles looked a little rocky, so we were off to a slow start. But we managed to pull together solid singles play where our intensity was at a high level throughout. It was not enough to win the overall match (2-5) but it definitely was a test to the kind of performance we can deliver out there! And each time, it will get better and better and our execution will be there so we will be able to clinch those wins.

Our next match-up was against Long Beach this past Friday. Every year, our matches with them get super competitive and this year was no different. Our doubles looked a little weak and we had trouble keeping our confidence up going into our singles matches, which ultimately cost us the victory at the end. I think our loss was not due to any physical disadvantages but I think we struggled mentally. This struggle has led us to make several unforced errors in unfortunate situations. Considering the doubles matches are so quick now with the new 6-game pro-set format versus the previous 8-game pro-set, we cannot afford to make so many unforced errors. We can overcome this. I know we can. Losing these matches help us realize what we must not repeat and we will do everything we can to improve upon that and be best prepared for the next match!

On Saturday, our team helped out with a tennis clinic at the Stub Hub Center or more commonly known as the Home Depot Center. The athletic facilities were amazing. I have never been and I have always wanted to make a trip to see it at some point. On the soccer fields, we peered at the LA Galaxy soccer team having a practice.

 That was definitely cool to see. The kid turnout for the tennis clinic was great. We had about five rotations going of different stations of passionate tennis kids. I love seeing how excited the kids all get to hit the ball around because my teammates and me can call relate to how they feel when we were growing up and becoming so hooked on the sport. Not to mention, there were definitely some future tennis studs on the horizon that I observed. All in all, we had a blast!  




Our next match is on Valentines Day actually against Cal Poly on their home courts! Why not spend the day of 'love' playing the sport we love?

That's all for now! GO LIONS!




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