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Hey there tennis fans!

It is always sad to end a season in a loss, but we can't win 'em all! Seeded 8, we were excited to face USD for round one in the WCC Conference tournament at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.. Yes, we didn't win the first time we played them, but as a refresher, that was our biggest nail-biting match all season; the result literally could have gone either way. It was like a winning loss. It came down to a final deciding match. Oh yes, that fateful match....the one that Coach Jamie said was one of the best matches he has ever seen play in his nearly 40 years of coaching. Miya, don't be embarrassed that I'm bragging about you again... More importantly than almost capturing that win, both Jamie and Ivan were so proud and commended our efforts as if we had been the victors. This time, we wanted revenge against the Toreros.

We met our match on Wednesday. Losing the doubles point was tough. The game scores were super close all throughout and we were fighting with the greatest strength we had in us. Getting into singles, we know we had to put on our A games. The clinch-clinch gives us a little added pressure as well. It was do or die; we had to leave it all out on the court. Unfortunately our No. 1, 2 and 4 lost giving the Toreros the 4th and final win that they needed to advance. Shout out to Ellie who played an amazing match at 6 to win with a score of 6-1, 6-1. Our 2 seniors, Miya (at 2) and Reka (at 5) were making serious comebacks and had the other matches not completed earlier, we would have been a threatening case to win the match! It was such a bummer that their last matches of their college careers were not able to be completed...It was also ironic that the seniors' matches were the only ones that were still in play.

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There is no doubt that clinch-clinch is brutal, but it teaches us how important it is to take care of business, and take care of it quick and effectively. For us players that normally start slow, it forces us to capitalize and play with reckless abandon right from the start of the match. Both physically and mentally, we know that's what we have to do. 



Easier said than done though, right? But hey, we're not perfect. We are forever learning and growing and improving. We don't settle. We are lions, we're hungry and we will keep fighting. This isn't the end. It just motivates us even more to keep working at our games so we can be the best we can and represent LMU in the greatest way possible. We want people to look up to us as tennis players and student athletes radiating lots of LMU pride. Jamie also gave a heartfelt speech commemorating the seniors. It was emotional. 




On a side note, and on behalf of the team, I am going to miss all three of the seniors so much. 

For the two seniors who competed this year, Miya and Reka and Claudia (who was unfortunately ineligible for competition this year), I admire and look up to you guys everyday and am so thankful to have grown so close to you guys these past three years not just as teammates but as life-long friends,...family. You have accomplished so much and have kicked some major butt on the court. I am so excited for what the future holds for you all but I know you will conquer whatever you choose to do just like you've done in school and in tennis! I wish you all the best with your future endeavors and love you all so much!

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Until next season! GO LIONS!

Logan



ST. MARY'S AND PACIFIC AND SENIOR DAY

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Hey there tennis fans!

It's just starting to sink in that we are approaching the tail end of our season! Holy cow! Time flies.  Although we have had our fair shares of ups and downs throughout the season, we have played some unbelievable matches and our team has grown so incredibly close and not to mention, we have created countless memories that we will remember forever. I would have to say that the team chemistry this year is probably the strongest we have had in my three years here. Although when we are out there individually on the court, we still are a part of something bigger, a team. And we are so lucky to be surrounded by such caring, supportive, hard-working and fun group of girls.

Coach Jamie had us do this activity at our Tuesday meeting this past week. He understands that we have been a little hard on ourselves with our recent losses and he wanted to remind us through this activity that a loss is a loss and it shouldn't lead us to individually self-destruct. Jamie thought of a perfect quote the other day when Lisa was having her frustrations get the better of her on the court, and by that I mean she was considering throwing in the towel and becoming a professional ball picker-upper....a promising career? Jamie said, "You don't know what love is until you hate it." Obviously we come to the courts everyday because we love the sport so much, All those hours spent everyday...we wouldn't come out and keep grinding out there if we didn't love the sport.

Jamie tried to reassure us that we can't always love tennis. We have to hate it at some point in order to really appreciate it and love it all over again. That's the way of the world not just with tennis but with anything important to us in our lives. Like I mentioned before, we are a part of something bigger than just ourselves, we are part of an amazing squad that has our backs. We work hard day in and day out, together. We get through the good, the bad and the ugly, together.

For this activity that he wanted us to take part in during the meeting, Jimbo gave us all these small sticks. He had us all recall our recent frustrations and stresses and take it out on the stick essentially and break it in half. Than he got another group of sticks he handed out and he wanted us to put them all together and than individually try to break that. We quickly found out that that was way too hard to do. From this exercise, we learned, we are only as strong as our team together, (so all the sticks together) and we are not nearly as strong on our own. This really hit home for me because it shows how valuable team dynamics are.

It's been so long since we've talked about our pet mascot, Munchie the squirrel, but it is not to say that he's not around, because he most certainly is, but he definitely is a lot more in and out than he used to be. This past week, he really wanted to remind us that he is back on his aggressive food-seeking grind. Some how, I can't even begin to tell you how, Munchie chewed his way through Lisa's Tupperware full of nuts. He actually broke into Tupperware with his apparent razor sharp teeth. I mean that's just impressive. Lisa is supposed to be Munchie's favorites! But hey, a squirrels gotta do what a squirrels gotta do I guess. He peeked to see nuts and he absolutely went after that. I honestly don't know how its little teeth didn't break off after tackling that Tupperware. Lesson learned, Munchie is forever on the prowl. We should never for a second think that he's found new territories to claim or other teams to interrogate with his hunger and killer instincts.

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Saturday's match was against University of Pacific and it also happened to be REPRESENT DAY for all student athletes. Represent day is a day where we try to show our utmost support and LMU pride for all the athletes and go out to watch a game or two. It was not just us who had a match. Soccer, softball, baseball, volleyball and water polo also had games going on. 


So needless to say, there were ample opportunities for fans, peers, family members, or other athletes to come out and game-hop. There was a decent crowd that came out for our match, which was nice. And we won, which was even sweeter! It was a close 4-3 and everyone took care of business and we did what was necessary to win. We were happy to solidify this win because going into the match, they had our same win-loss record, so winning that match can put us in better position for the seeding in the conference tournament.Sunday 

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Senior day was a success. Although the win did not go our way against No. 43 ranked, St Mary's. Kristine's opponent at 1 is ranked No. 8 in the country. All considering, Kristine fought a great battle. The other girls' scores were super close as well but we were not able to come out on the top in the end.

On a happier note, Lisa and I put ourselves in charge for putting together gift baskets for our three seniors--Miya, Reka and Claudia in order to commemorate senior day. Lisa and I love to get cute gifts for friends so we had fun putting together a basket of little trinkets that we knew our teammates would enjoy. We also made them their own picture collages of fun team pictures that we compiled throughout the year.

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As cliché as it sounds, pictures are really worth a thousand words and it warmed my heart to see their reactions when we gave those collages to them. They were all so touched. 

There is always something about getting gifts where you actually spent time to create it yourself compared to buying something at a store that might not have any really emotional connection to it.

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This coming week we have our very last game of the season against Pepperdine on their turf. It would mean the world if you wished us luck or wanted to even make a trip out there in Malibu to watch us go out with a bang one final time....before the conference tournament of course.

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

LADY LIONS WIN ONE LOST ONE IN PORTLAND AND SPOKANE

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Hey there tennis fans!

After getting Monday off of school due to Cesar Chavez Day, (we did not get that day off of practice however), we had just three days of school before we ditched the oddly cold weather (for LA) for even colder weather up in Portland and Spokane, Washington. And by cold for us, we're talking like 59 into low 60's. Yikes! But we had to bring our warmest clothes so we could bundle up in the bitter temperatures in Portland and Spokane. Thankfully we were playing indoors! A few of my international teammates have had a lot of experience practicing indoors back home so that definitely put us at some advantage going into our matches this past weekend.

Our first match up was against Portland. After losing the doubles point and our first two singles matches, your lions persevered and proceeded to win the next four singles matches to claim the win! It was huge and showed a true sign of teamwork. Being down in the overall match did not affect the remaining performances out there! It occurred to those still out there fighting, that they can still come back, we could still win this thing! With that mentality, we were confident to walk away with the victory and snatch that first conference win! This one was a true team effort!

The next day, it was off to a new state for a new match! The Gonzaga Bulldogs were up next. Although all of the traveling shenanigans wears us out, we knew we had to tough it out because we had to be sharp for our next match. We came all this way, we had to put our best games forward. Sadly, the win didn't go our way this time but we all played our hearts out nonetheless.

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(Coach Jamie on a casual phone call in the airport)

This weekend, we have two big conference matches. We play Pacific (who just joined West Coast Conference this year) on Saturday and St. Mary's on Sunday. Saturday is our REPRESENT game along with a few more sport events and we are trying to get as many fans, family members, alumni and peers to come out and support how hard us ladies have been working all season long. The end of the season is just around the corner and we would love your support more than ever! Sunday is our very last home match and it will also be our senior game so it would be another opportunity to come out and watch! The weather is supposed to be fabulous this week and into the weekend, so why not come out and enjoy a game or two in the sun? These matches are going to be so important, much like every match is but with just one remaining conference match left after this week, we've got to go big or go home, right? Thank you for all your support thus far this season!

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That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

LMU FIGHTS T'LL THE END

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Hey there tennis fans!

All rested from a rather mellow weekend off from matches, we were healthy and excited for the matches this week. Coach Jamie was very impressed with how hard we had been working in practice; he knew that we were gearing up the best and most effective way we can for Friday and Saturday. We were super focused throughout the week and were willing to put in the extra effort to work on areas where we felt needed a little more practice. We were picking up balls left and right with all the baskets we went through so quickly this week.

Friday was our match against BYU. Since our matches come down to clinchers now, every point was crucial. For doubles, once the first two matches in doubles are complete, the third doubles is automatically done. It came down to literally a few points for the doubles point against the Cougars and unfortunately they took the dubs point from us. Despite the opening loss, we kept our heads held high as singles was up next. The battles were hard fought but we fell short with a final score of 2-5. Shout out to Jess and Ellie for their big wins on 2 and 6.

USD was next on the agenda for our Saturday afternoon match. USD has predominantly had a really strong team so we know we had to give them every ounce of energy that we had out there. We clinched the doubles point after amazing matches played. Our 1 and 3 teams played so well as "team" members and executed tremendous game plans. That put us in high spirits and with great confidence going forward. Kristine won her first set 6-2 and her opponent retired due to an injury giving us our 2nd match win. We just needed two more! Ellie secured a win at 6 but we lost at 2, 4 and 5; all of which could have gone either way. At no point of their matches did they show signs of giving up.

The match decider came down to Miya's match at 3. She and her opponent split sets after she won the first set. She came out with so many clutch volley angle winners, which put a lot of pressure on her opponent. A few tough breaks cost her the second set but it was by no means that Miya was losing her fire. Although a little peeved after losing the second set, Miya kept fighting t'll she couldn't anymore. She barely lost in the end for a final score of 6-2, but she played an incredible match showing our team what it's like to compete at such a high level like this. We are so proud of her! Jamie said it was one of the best matches he has seen played in the 39 years he has been coaching here!

Next Thursday, we are off to Portland and Spokane to play the Pilots and Gonzaga Bulldogs. Wish us luck upon our travels and we hope to bring home the wins for you all!

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

USF FOLLOWED BY A MELLOW WEEK/WEEKEND

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Hey there tennis fans!

It was back up to the bay area for our match-up against USF at the fancy Olympic Club on Wednesday. They came out with no mercy and unfortunately we couldn't execute the way that we wanted to pull out the victory. It was a great wake-up call for us to remind us that every match that we are going to play from here on out is crucial and we all really need to keep the mindset of leaving everything we have on the court even if we are pushing through a tough 3-setter and battling the pain. I would like to give a shout out to Reka and Ellie for their tenacious energies battling through to push both of their opponents to third set tiebreaks. They really gave it everything they had showing off a lot of lion pride.

Every team in our conference is super competitive but I am so confidant that our team definitely has the talent to beat any team we face. We just have to keep up those positive vibes throughout the duration of the season and not let a loss discourage us. We have a lot of matches ahead of us to prove ourselves. 

Us Lions will bounce back next week for our back-to-back matches against BYU on Friday followed by USD on Saturday. We rested appropriately this weekend to recover so we will be more than ready for the week to come!

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

CONFERENCE MATCHES BEGIN

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Hey there tennis fans!

Spring Break came to a close and that meant that things were starting to get serious for the Lady Lions as our biggest and most important matches were vastly approaching. In fact, we just had our very first conference match this past week against Santa Clara! 

I unfortunately got a little under the weather with a heavy cold/sore throat type deal last week so I was sitting out of practice and taking care of my body, but I knew my team was working hard to be as ready as possible for that first conference match. Santa Clara has always been a tough and competitive team in our conference so we wanted to definitely put on our game faces and best game plans and attitudes forward. On Friday, we flew up to norcal for our match against the Broncos on Saturday. After establishing a pretty solid doubles line-up over the past month, our execution and teamwork looked great out there and we successfully secured the doubles point, which put us in great position to take the match.  We won at 2 and 3 and big shout out to Kristine and Reka who pulled out an 8-0 victory at No. 3 dubs.

Santa Clara's singles line up was solid especially their top players but Jessica, Kristine, Miya and Laura put up great battles! Reka and Ellie had great wins at 5 and 6 which gave us an ending result of a close 3-4 total match score! It's tough to walk away with the loss, but I am so proud of all of them and that is a great tight first match to start off our conference matches.

Next week, we turn around to the bay area on Tuesday morning to play USF on their home turf. The match will be on Wednesday morning! Wish us luck and we hope to do LMU proud and come back home with the win!

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

LMU WOMEN'S TENNIS HITS PALM DESERT FOR SPRING BREAK

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Hey there tennis fans!

Palm Springs swallowed us up good this week and in the best way possible. We have made this annual trip down to Indian Wells for spring break for the past two year and I can without a doubt say it is one of the highlights of our season and the perfect team bonding getaway....and of course we get to train a little on the side as well. We are so lucky that the BNP Paribas tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden happens to fall during our spring break and the fact that the location is only a short two-hour drive makes it so worth the trip! For those of you who are not familiar with the BNP tournament, it's a professional tennis tournament that attracts some of the biggest tennis pros on tour. It is basically a mini grand slam, and if I didn't know better, I would consider it a grand slam. The atmosphere is so great to be around because we are surrounded by people who love the sport the same way we do.

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We got down here to the desert in the blistering 85 degree heat on Wednesday morning which was quite a relieving sight considering that LA has experienced a significant downpour of rain for a few days. However, we know when it rains, it pours in LA and when that rare occasion does happen, it only last a few days at most.

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Our Palm Springs escape trip came just in time, just in time for us to avoid the final days of those showers! We did just come back from Vegas, but we were ready for more quality team time, some much needed sunshine, and some motivation from some our favorite players--not to mention the studs! We could stay there all day long and watch these men play with their shirts off, showing off their games and their pecks.




One of the players I personally was looking most forward to seeing was John Isner. He's got that All-American, wholesome guy image with that 6'9 physique. I have such a crush...Too bad I couldn't snag a picture with him but I did take a picture of him smiling in my direction so I'll consider that half of a success! We also spent plenty of time picking up what the women in the tournaments were doing for their cross training workouts and ritual warm-ups before they would play a match. 

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We noticed that so many of the women are so incredibly fit and talented that it definitely inspired us to strive to be the most in-shape that we can possibly be for the remainder of the season, and of course, the most important part of the season-conference.

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One of our favorite moments of the trip...literally one of those "die and go to heaven moments..." was when we snuck up on Roger Federer practicing in a corner court away from where the bulk of the practice courts were at the sight. Normally, it would be posted everywhere the location and time where Fed would be practicing because obviously he would reel in a huge crowd...but when we saw him sneak on a court for an extra practice, a few teammates and I had to pounce on that opportunity to somehow get his attention...and we did! 




Due to the rather quiet crowd around us, it gave us a better opportunity to get him to turn around. Lisa, Ellie, Miya and I decided to yell "Roger you're perfect.." when he was sitting down on the bench for a break...Not only does he turn around to see where that was coming from, but he also lets out a big smile and a wave over to us...We wish we got it on video. It was gold. And I know it does not do it justice just to tell it back, but believe me, it was awesome...it was one of those, "had to be there moments."

One of the greatest parts of the tournament is that (most) of the players are very approachable and like to interact with the fans that travel from everywhere to come see them.  Our best bet of getting their attention was migrating to their practice courts and watch them grind out points with their coach and/or hitting partners and flock to the front of the crowd so you can try to think of a clever one liner that will make you standout among the rest so you can actually score an autograph or better yet, a picture, or maybe even a selfie. 

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One of the greatest parts of the tournament is that (most) of the players are very approachable and like to interact with the fans that travel from everywhere to come see them.  Our best bet of getting their attention was migrating to their practice courts and watch them grind out points with their coach and/or hitting partners and flock to the front of the crowd so you can try to think of a clever one liner that will make you standout among the rest so you can actually score an autograph or better yet, a picture, or maybe even a selfie. 

Oh, we got plenty of selfies, and to some we didn't even know, or some we thought might be someone well known...like Tommy Haas' look-alike. Good thing we didn't yell out, "Hey Tommy, can you take a selfie with us?" That would have been pure embarrassment.

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Around dinner time both nights, we went to this outdoor mall-like area which had all of the big chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, Yard House, BJ's, PF Changs, etc. because we knew from last year that that was where a bulk of their players would eat....we remember seeing players left and right from last year.


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This year we didn't see as much, but that was because we were probably so actively on the hunt in comparison to last year where they just appeared everywhere and we weren't searching. We did manage to see Lleyton Hewitt back to back nights. He also wore the exact same thing he did the night before, which gave us all a little déjà vu. He was a nice guy though and did take a picture with us...on one of the nights.


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Overall, it was such a fun trip, and a lot of us were sad to return back because we wanted to stay longer and soak up more of the tournament. But hey, I guess all good things must come to an end right? We made it back in time for one more practice before our match against Florida International on Saturday.

We  started off a little rocky in doubles and were lacking energy out on the court. The past few days have gotten the most of us with our long days in the heat and people were starting to show early stages of sicknesses, but we fought through and through. Unfortunately we ended up losing the doubles point but Jess and Miya pulled out a great 8-2 victory at 1. Jessica and Miya also won their individual singles matches in addition to Ellie at 6. With these wins alone, it was not enough to win the whole match so we lost a close 3-4.

This coming Friday, we will travel to Santa Clara for Part 1 of our NorCal adventures and our opening conference match. If you are in the bay area, we would love to see you come out support us lions!

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

VEGAS BABY

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Hey there tennis fans!

Your lady lions have just climbed the rankings to No. 63! After a big win over No. 44 UC Irvine last week, we were destined to make a jump! Hopefully we can continue to climb higher as the weeks go on!

We just had to get through 4 days of midterms and papers and then we were Vegas bound! It's crazy to think we have already hit almost the half way point of our season. UNLV was anxiously awaiting our arrival and I know we have been working hard on the court to give them a run for their money. The thunderous rain that rushed in on Thursday night and rolling into Friday set us back a little bit however. Due to this rain hick-up, our match was delayed on Friday...so much for "Spring Break." I guess that what happens when our spring break dates are roughly during the ending weeks of winter. Us spoiled Californians have not even seen rain in quite a while. Needless to say, nature really needed it.

We finally got to play the next day, but we also had another match to play which was scheduled prior. This meant that we had to play twice...and for most of us, that meant four total matches. The struggle was real, but it was a real testament to our endurance and mental strength to see if we can get through both matches. We lost our first match against UNLV but we did not let the loss get to us too much knowing we had another match to follow. With a two-hour recovery before match No. 2, Utah State was ready for us. We took care of business and got the 'W' even though we felt as if our bodies were going to collapse. It felt so good to end our double-header with a win and I am so proud of my team for pushing through and hanging tough to the bitter end.


On Wednesday, we head to Indian Wells for our annual trip to watch the BNP tournament for a couple days as well as do a little training of our own. I am literally beyond excited for that and I know the rest of my team is feeling the same. The weather is supposed to shape up a little better when we're down there so we can get a little dose of what a real "spring break" should look like.

We will return back to LMU on Friday in time for our match against Florida International on Saturday. Come out and support if you are in town and would like to show a little lion pride.

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

LADY LIONS BUST OUT 3 MATCHES THIS WEEK

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Hey there tennis fans!

We have openly welcomed in a new addition to the LMU Women's Tennis family, a new volunteer assistant coach Kerry.  She played tennis for ASU and should be a value asset to our squad. She has jumped in right when lots of matches are underway so she is getting to quickly learn all of our individual game styles.

Wednesday's home match against the No. 42 ranked UC Irvine was intense. After a lot of focus spent on our doubles strategies this week in practice, our hard work paid off and we successfully captured the doubles point giving us a leg up going into the singles matches. We needed this confidence because it had been a few matches or so where we have failed to win that crucial point. 

But things seemed to continue to work in our favor for the duration of the match and Kristine at 1 and Miya at 3 both won big in two tight sets. And finally, Jessica at 2 clinches the final point to give us the 4-3 victory! There was so much focus and tenacity played by all of these ladies and I couldn't have been prouder for their passionate efforts out there!

We posted a 6-1 victory over UC Riverside, which put us on a 4-0 winning streak and brought us confidence going into our Sunday match against San Diego State.

With a 6 AM wake up call and a 7 AM departure to San Diego, we were on our way. SDSU have always forced us to play on our "A' games because they have a tough roster, and are currently ranked No. 58. Putting the ranking aside, we fought a great battle! However, it just didn't go our way in the end and we lost 4-3. We clinched the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and won giving us an early lead into the match, but unfortunately we only secured two wins at singles with Reka at 5 and Ellie at 6.

Spring Break is just a week away! We don't get to escape to Cabo like the rest of LMU, because we are just entering the prime of season--conference, but we do get a couple team traveling excursions thrown in with major team bonding. Thursday, we leave for Las Vegas where we play UNLV and Utah State. When we return, we get a few days back at LMU before we depart for Indian Wells to train and watch some of the BNP Paribas Open.

 Last year, we went there and it was definitely the highlight of our season! I know I speak on behalf of the returners-Miya, Lisa, Reka, Kristine, Madison and Ana-Lucia-that we are so excited to goback again! Hopefully Federer can make it up to us this time and pose for a picture since we were literally so close last year!

We will return back to LMU on Friday just in time for our match on Saturday against Florida International to wrap up our Spring Break.

That's all for now! Go LIONS!

Logan

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Jessica clinching that win, coming in for the team hug after UC Irvine win

"FORMING" "STORMING" AND "PERFORMING"

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Hey there tennis fans!

Back to back Sunday matches means come Monday we have the day off...hallelujah. Our muscles are sore and physically and mentally we feel a little bit out of sorts. Those days we have off are key, and it is essential that we all really utilize the day to recover and rest, and perhaps catch up on some of that homework we have...and at times, easy to dismiss.

Coach Jamie reiterated the three stages of our season in our Tuesday meeting; "Forming," "Storming" and "Performing." Forming deals with situating our line-up and figuring out doubles combinations which are still being experimented but we have firmly cemented a few positions which I think will contribute to our success this season.

In the 'storming' phase, we hit some speed-bumps and what team doesn't right? But it's not about us capitalizing on what's not working out, but it's figuring out how best to deal with the situation at hand. If something is not working, how are we going to best take care of it so we can put our best efforts forward and represent our school with Lion pride and win.

Jamie brought out one of his lovely analogies that he likes to throw in to our meetings...He envisions that he drives a bus along this process we call our season, but he will only take people on board if they carry positive energy with them. Positivity is so important on how we conduct ourselves as student athletes of LMU and it definitely has an affect on our performances in matches. So as we get into more matches, Jamie wants to make sure that we check our 'negative energy' at the door and get those positive vibes going because believe it or not, it is a contagious energy and could really make a positive impact on our 2014 season.

Again it's a process, but with our two secure wins under our belts, we know what it takes to play like a team, execute and pull out a victory. Now we just have to take care of ourselves both on and off the court and that means nutrition, sleep and all that good stuff so we can come to the courts each day fresh and positive and ready to kick some lion butt!

We played Cal State Northridge on Thursday at home. We had a shot at winning the doubles point after making comebacks in two of the matches but we fell just short. Coach Jamie was disappointed with us during the 10-minute break before singles and he felt the reason why we lost the point was due to our lack of energy (low energy/negative energy) it all was not good according to him, and he assured us that we really need to pick that up going into the singles. Good thing we changed our approach for the duration of the match. We played with fire and intensity, fighting for every point.

We had key wins at 1 from Kristine who won 0 and 0 which was awesome and Jessica at 2 battled strong to come up and top and Laura at 3 as well as Reka at 4. We ended up with a final 4-3 score and I couldn't have been prouder of my crew! Securing wins this like this allows us to instill this killer and winner instinct--we know how to come back from being down and can turn it around to shift the results to our favor. Now we just need to work on starting off a little stronger so we can maintain a steady lead throughout.

We battle UC Irvine on Wednesday at home along with UC Riverside away on Friday and San Diego State on their home turf on Sunday. Another packed week for the lady lions but we are just inching our way closer and closer to conference!

Wish us luck and we hope to see you all out there!

That's all for now. GO LIONS!

Logan

PS: We finally took a team picture that we actually liked..it only took about 10 takes...

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