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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance for the week that was in Lion Sports.


Starting on the home front, the men's soccer team lost a tough battle with No. 7 UCLA. Despite the strong defensive showing, one goal was all the visiting Bruins needed as they earned the 1-0 victory and sent the Lions to 1-4-1 on the year.

 

Four men's tennis players competed at the Costa Mesa Pro Classic over the weekend. Sophomore Todd Volmari and junior Daniel Simko were bounced in the first round, while sophomores Felix van Kann and Othar Kordsachia advanced to the second round of qualifying play but no further.

 

At the NorCal Invitational hosted by Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., the men's water polo team played four ranked teams in less than 48 hours. They had close losses to No. 7 Pacific and No. 9 Long Beach State, but pulled out wins against No. 18 Concordia and No. 11 UC San Diego. The tournament split gave the Lions a 10th-place finish.

 

Both LMU cross country teams competed at a conference preview race at Fernhill Park in Portland, Ore. The women ran to a second-place finish while the men finished fourth at the site that will hold the WCC Championships at the end of the season. Senior Sheree Shea finished with the fastest time among WCC female runners.

 

The women's soccer team visited Tucson, Ariz. this weekend for the Arizona Cats Classic. After a rough 3-0 loss to Arizona State, the Lions slightly salvaged the trip with a 0-0 tie against the University of Arizona, continuing to show they can play with anyone and advancing to 5-3-1 for the season.

 

The volleyball team kept their strong season going this weekend at the Golden Dome Invitational at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind. The Lions dropped a close match to the University of Kansas before defeating Xavier and the hosting Fighting Irish for a 2-1 finish that was good for second place.

 

The golf team opened their season at The McLaughlin tournament hosted by St. John's at Bethpage Golf Course in Farmingdale, New York. After three days of play at the Red Course, the Lions finished tied for eighth out of the 16-team field. Senior Bryan Bergna placed tied for fourth after repeatedly shooting under par.

Our First Tournament

This season, players from LMU Men's Tennis will provide weekly blog entries providing insight into men's tennis program. Check out this blog each week for new entries. Today's entry comes from sophomore Felix Van Kann:

Greetings LMU tennis fans!

It has been a busy week for the LIONS! Starting off with the first future tournaments in Claremont last Friday the boys finally got back on the California tennis courts. Besides some sunburned faces and impressive new tan lines, the 35 degrees Celsius (whoever knows the Fahrenheit system) of the California desert were unable to harm the boys at all. "The Toddster" Todd Volmari, "Busta" Sebastian Bustamante and Nicholas Bjerke made it to the third round in the qualifying. Bjerke proofed in a spectacular way which is why his teammates call him "Tha Horse," by defeating his teammate, who was unfortunately me (Felix van Kann), in the first round in a three set match with a lot of ups and downs. Othar "Othanator" Kordsachia also couldn't make it through round one, which is why he was one of the lucky guys to experience our first 8 am work out on Saturday morning.

Due to the early daytime one of the guys didn't make it on time. Again, this guy was unfortunately me and as a result to that Nick Longo offered me a nice opportunity to watch the sunrise on a wonderful Saturday morning by sending me on a nice walk. Still, I have to say that if you're on a six miles run around campus, the school doesn't seem as beautiful as it appears with a normal heart rate.

The rest of the week we prepared for the upcoming Futures tournament in Costa Mesa, starting today, by working hard on the courts and in the gym. For his "special" way of getting ready for the tournament, new team member Othar Kordsachia was honored with a new nickname: "Chicken Pasta." It should describe his passionate love for the same named meal that lead to an unbelievable 14-day streak of cooking it. He's a machine (a German one)!

Before ending this little monologue that I'm writing down in the library right now, I have to announce that we had two birthdays in the past week: Jack, who turned a fascinating 22 years, and Nick Bjerke, aged 23 now, who is the oldest person I've seen in college tennis. (That win you had over me was your birthday gift.) Happy birthday, boys!

Time to go to bed now, we're leaving at 7:45 am to Costa Mesa. A good day to everyone and forgive me my poor writing skills. It's late, I had way too many donuts and I don't speak English. The people on our Facebook page are brilliant at it though, so take a look at it if you are interested in our results from Costa Mesa before our beloved Daniel Simko gets the chance to tell you everything about it in our upcoming blog next week.

Good night and good morning,

Sincerely,

Felix van Kann

The Start of a New Year

This season, players from LMU Men's Tennis will provide weekly blog entries providing insight into men's tennis program. Check out this website each week for new blog entries.  Today's initial entry comes from junior Daniel Simko before this weekend's USTA Pro Classic Futures Tournament in Claremont, Calif.:

Greetings LMU men's tennis fans. I trust you are all in good health, and why shouldn't you be, you've earned it.

It's been a long time coming and the summer is over, or for some of us from outside the states: the winter! The dream of starting up class and trainnig has finally become a reality. A reality so mesmerising you could take a scoop of it and mix it in with your favourite cereal.

With the inclusion of a new team member, Othar (Kordsachia), formally known as the "Othanator," I can only assume it has everyone on the edge of their seats, so far on the edge of their seats it would be hard for an observer to identify whether you are actually sitting or in some sort of crouching position. Whispers of another American joining us in the spring have crept through the grapevine and is only adding fuel to the growing excitment flame.

Fitness has been a key component for the first few weeks on campus. Sweat has poured and muscles have flexed as we strive to gain an unbeatable fitness base. The boys were treated by our fitness trainner "Longo" (Nick Longo) to a beach workout. It was a grueling workout, on a perfect So Cal day. After the hard work, we frolicked in the ocean for a while. The German boys especially like the water. Evidence of the sun was clear the next day as Felix pasty white skin, turned red. I am confident he will soon be the most tanned German of all time. On a more serious note, the guys will be playing in three Pro Tournament matches over the next three week ends. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain some tough match practice, and hopefully a few guys may get an ATP point.

It's going to be an exciting year for LMU mens tennis, join the Facebook page. Spread it to your friends. Like it. Love it.

Sincerly,

Daniel Simko

COURTESY MLB.com -- Searching for more offensive production, the D-backs recalled Minor League RBI leader Ryan Wheeler from Triple-A Reno on Friday and released veteran Geoff Blum.

Wheeler, a third baseman, was a Pacific Coast League midseason All-Star and was leading the Minors with 90 RBIs while batting .351 with 15 homers in 93 games.

The 24-year-old made his Major League debut on Friday batting eighth and playing third against the Astros with eight to 12 family members in attendance.

He collected his first career hit in the seventh inning on a single to center field and later scored. Television cameras caught Wheeler's parents in the stands becoming emotional while watching their son.

"For them to see me out there in a D-backs uniform, it's special," Wheeler said. "I've called them every night to let them know how games have gone."

For the complete story, visit:  http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120720&content_id=35248254&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Sam Fischer concluded her senior season at LMU by leading the nation in batting average (.492) and becoming the first Lion in softball program history to earn All-American honors. In June, she achieved another milestone - being named to the 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team.

Check out this feature from the <i>Norman (OK) Transcript</i> on Fischer's rise from LMU to earning an opportunity to try out, and be selected to Team USA.

Fischer Beats Longshot Odds to Represent Mid-Major Programs With Team USA
The run-and-gun era that was the late 1980s for LMU's basketball is constantly featured in magazines and news specials to this day. Yahoo!Sports writer Jeff Eisenberg is working on a series of articles on the 10 most untouchable records in sports. LMU's 186-point game is ranked No. 7. Interview for the story was LMU scorekeeper Dale Marini, who has been doing the games since 1970. Eisenberg went on to do a feature on Marini and his days of writing down each and every point of those fast-paced days. Take a look:





National television coverage commences Thursday, March 1


SAN BRUNO, Calif. ---
The West Coast Conference announced today that BYUtv will produce and broadcast eight games from the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  BYUtv will broadcast the men's and women's second round on Thursday, March 1, the women's quarterfinals on Friday, March 2 and the women's semifinals on Saturday, March 3.


In addition, all eight games produced by BYUtv will air live on ESPN3 and seven of the eight games will be carried by ESPN Full Court. This is in addition to the six games that will be televised live by ESPN: the men's quarterfinals on ESPNU, men's semifinals on ESPN2, women's championship on ESPNU and men's championship on ESPN. 


"We are enthusiastic about partnering with BYUtv at the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships for the second consecutive year," WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich said. "In addition to our multiple broadcasts on ESPN, BYUtv will help enhance both our national and international exposure for the tournament.
"We are thrilled that BYU Basketball joined the prestigious West Coast Conference," said Derek Marquis, Managing Director of BYUtv. "And we're equally excited to provide coverage of the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships to fans who wouldn't otherwise be able to watch their favorite teams in action."
BYUtv is currently in over 60 million homes nationwide on DirecTV, Dish Network and approximately 600 other cablesystems throughout the United States. BYUtv is also available in HD via live streaming and video-on-demand through
byutv.org
, BYUtv iPhone/iPad apps, and Roku or Google TV devices. A comprehensive list of where to find BYUtv is available at http://byutv.org/getBYUtv.


Here is a game-by-game look at media coverage for the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships:
 
Wednesday, February 29
Women's Game #1: No. 8 vs. No. 9, 3:00 p.m.
(Live streaming on WCCsports.com)
 
Men's Game #1: No. 8 vs. No 9, 6:00 p.m.
(Live streaming on WCCsports.com/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
 
Thursday, March 1
Women's Game #2: No. 8/9 vs. No. 5, 12:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
 
Women's Game #3: No. 6 vs. No. 7, 30 min. after game #2
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
 
Men's Game #2: No. 8/9 vs. No. 5, 6:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
 
Men's Game #3: No. 6 vs. No. 7, 30 min. after game #2
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
 
Friday, March 2
Women's Game #4: No. 5/8/9 vs. No. 4, 12:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
 
Women's Game #5: No. 6/7 vs. No. 3, 30 min. after game #4
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
 
Men's Game #4: No. 5/8/9 vs. No. 4, 6:00 p.m.
(ESPNU/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
 
Men's Game #5: No. 6/7 vs. No. 3, 8:00 p.m.
(ESPNU/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
 
Saturday, March 3
Women's Game #6: No. 4/5/8/9 vs. No. 2, 12:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
 
Women's Game #7: No. 3/6/7 vs. No. 1, 30 min. after game #6
(BYUtv/ESPN3)
 
Men's Game #6: No. 4/5/8/9 vs. No. 2, 6:00 p.m.
(ESPN2/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
 
Men's Game #7: No. 3/6/7 vs. No. 1, 30 min. after game #6
(ESPN2/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
 
Monday, March 5
Women's Game #8: Championship Game, 12:00 p.m.
(ESPNU/ESPN3)
 
Men's Game #8: Championship Game, 6:00 p.m.
(ESPN/ESPN3/Audio: Westwood One Radio)

THANK YOU LION FANS


WOW!


I just want to thank all of the students, parents and families, alums, faculty/staff, LionsFund members and all Lion fans who came to cheer on the Lions against Valpo in the BracketBusters game last night.  


You were difference makers! Tonight, with your spirit and enthusiasm, we made an impression on national television.


We cannot thank you enough.


I hope to see you again for our last two games on Thursday and Saturday.  These are BIG games for the team and Saturday is senior night.  Come and say farewell to Drew, Laron and Tim in their last home game.  All three have unique stories, but in the end they are Lions to be proud of how they have represented anyone associated with LMU.  


Again thank you for making last night so special.


Go Lions!

On the web: http://www.wccsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/020612aab.html


2012 Zappos.com WCC Basktball Championships ticket/hotel update
Hotel rooms going fast, single-game tickets expected to be available

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Hotel rooms are selling fast for the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena. The event begins on February 29 and runs through March 5 as 18 teamscompete for two automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.

The conference has released the following ticket and hotel information for the championships and information will be regularly updated on WCCsports.com in the days leading up to the event:
 
Ticket Availability
All-session tickets are sold out.  
However, a limited number of single game tickets are expected to be available each morning during the tournament at the Orleans Arena box office.  Any single game tickets available will go on sale at 10 a.m. each day for that day's games.

Hotel Availability
The WCC block for championship weekend at the Orleans Hotel still has limited availability, but fans are encouraged to book quickly to ensure rooms at the special WCC rate. Rooms can be reserved by calling 1-800-675-3267 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com/groups and using booking code 2WCCFAN
.

The Palms Casino and the Palms Place and Spa, both official corporate partners of the West Coast Conference for the thirdstraight year, are also offering special WCC room blocks and rates. The Palms will also run a free shuttle to-and-from the Orleans Arena, beginning approximately two hours before tournament games.
 
For more information regarding the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships, please visit WCCsports.com.

Inside the Numbers

For LMU men's basketball, most offensive numbers (and its records) start and end in the late 1980s. "The System" set offensive numbers so high, at last count 13 were still NCAA Division I records.

With that said, the Lions' 90-88 win over San Francisco on Saturday, which include a 60-point second half, had some numbers that hadn't been seen at Gersten Pavilion for quite some time. Here is a little more look into those numbers:

• The Box Score: It was uncommonly similar. FGs: LMU 29-for-60; USF 29-for-61. 3FGs: LMU 11-for-20; USF 11-for-27. FTs: LMU 21-for-25; USF 19-for-23. Rebounds: LMU 7o-24d=32 total. USF 7o-24d=32 total. Fouls: 20 each. Assists: LMU 18, USF 16. TOs: LMU 14; USF 13. Blocks: 1 each. Steals: 7 each. This all coming in a series that has been decided by a TOTAL of six points in the last four games. 2010-11: 1 point, 2 points. 2011-12: 1 points, 2 points.

• LMU trailed by 19 in the first half and then by 16 with 7:28 to play in the second half. The teams combined in the second half for 105 points, 16 three-pointers (on 26 attempts for a 61.5 percent clip), 27-for-32 shooting from the free throw line (84 percent) and 54 percent shooting from the field (31-for-57).

• The Lions comeback included a 10-for-13 clip from the three point line (76.9 percent), including a 4-for-4 clip by Drew Viney and a 3-for-4 clip by Jarred DuBois. They finished 18-for-30 from the field overall (60 percent) and went 14-for-15 (93.3 percent from the charity stripe. 

• The 60-point half was the most since the Lions scored 69 in the second half against USC on Nov. 30, 1993. The 60 points in a half is not a new thing, they did it four times in 1991-92, seven times in 1990-91 and 18 times in 1989-90. The Lions 122 points per game in that 89-90 season still holds the NCAA D-I record.

• LMU's 90 points in WCC play was the most since scoring 94 points on Feb. 6, 2006. Prior to USF's 88 points, LMU had not allowed more than 77 on the season (Florida State) and more than 71 (Saint Mary's) in WCC play. In fact, the Lions' had allowed no more than 68 in nine of the previous 10 games. 

There is more to come, as the Lions head to their toughest road stretch of the season when they play at Portland, Gonzaga and No. 16 Saint Mary's in their next three. It begins Thursday at Portland. Listen live on KXLU 88.9 FM starting at 8 pm.

GO LIONS

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