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THERE IS NO 'I' IN TEAM

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Hey there tennis fans!

Your Lady Lions were pretty match-busy this week beginning with UCLA on Wednesday which was a tough one no doubt about it. They are a very strong team. However, it was a great match to play because it forced us to raise our level of play and compete our hearts out there to try to play our best out there and reassure this PAC-12 team that we are not going to give up without a fight!

It was my Swiss teammate's birthday this week and our team all went to dinner to celebrate on Friday before our match on Saturday. We went to C&O's which has the most amazing garlic balls you will every try in your life. By the time you're done nibbling on those tasty things, you barely have an appetite for dinner. It's just that good. All in all, we had a great time! The waiters even handed out flyers to the lyrics "That's Amore" where the whole restaurant chimed into sing at one point of the night. It's like we went to Italy for the night.

On Saturday, we faced UCSB which was a nail biter through and through mixed in with a little bad luck. It was the first match we played with the new NCAA format. This includes 6-game pro-sets instead of 8 games for doubles along with no warm up with the opponents and also no full third set for singles play. For the month of February, the NCAA has issued these new rules as a way to shorten the amount of time we are out there on the court because many times, matches drag out to nearly 5-6 hours long which can be straining especially when we have multiple matches to play in a week. During this month, these new rules will be issued as a trial so we will see how it goes for the matches coming up.

The UCSB Gauchos just came up a little more mentally strong than us in the end. After losing a super tight tiebreaker decider for the doubles point, we got ourselves in more tough situations. Laura, Reka, and Miya all went to third set deciding 10-point tiebreaks. Congrats to Laura and Reka who prevailed. Miya fell just short but put up an amazing effort at 1 singles. We lost 3-4.

Superbowl Sunday also meant our 3rd and final match of the week against Cal Poly SLO. They were a very spirited and strategically intelligent team. We barely lost the doubles point once again which is always a bummer going into singles, however it should not get the better of us and I think that is something that all of us need to figure out how to block out and think of their approach to singles as a clean start so they don't hang onto that negative energy. Shout out to Kristine and Laura for great singles wins at 3 and 4. Unfortunately those were our only wins but the other matches were extremely close give or take a few games.

Our team meeting following our match did not consist so much of breaking down individual matches, but rather an overall discussion about how important preparation is for match days. This preparation includes the breakfast we're consuming (nutrition), are we properly fueling our bodies with the right nutrients before we step on the court? Are we eating enough? Are we also mentally prepared for the match? Are other exterior factors (homework, friends, etc.)  blocked from our minds so we can just think about the match ahead? All of these factors can have an effect on our overall performances on game day. And Coach Jamie really tried to make us understand how important it is that we are all individually taking care of ourselves before the matches get underway. He reminded us, "There's no "I" in team," but there is "I" in win" and it is our individual responsibilities to do our parts.

This week, we have an away match against CSU Long Beach followed by a home match against CSU Fullerton on Sunday! Wish us luck this week!

GO LIONS!

Logan

 

LIONS TAKE AN OPENING 7-0 VICTORY OVER CONCORDIA

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Hey there tennis fans!

No messing around, the LMU Women's Tennis team is back in business! In our opening home match against Concordia this past Saturday, the Lions crushed Concordia Eagles 7-0. Sure there were first match jitters (especially for the newbies) and ancy feet, but we all came together as a team and took care of each our matches to get the win. It's a solid first victory for us and a nice way to tip off the season especially as we head into an intense week of matches to come.

We even attracted some fans to the crowds with our appealing free pizza advertising! Hey, sometimes we have to give the people what they want...and who would turn down free pizza? I think they realized it was an early Saturday afternoon worth spending when they got to watch the Lions kill it on the court in addition to the free meal.

For those of you who don't know, we just resurfaced our courts over Christmas  break so they are a little slower than what we are used ti but I think overall we are adapting to it well. In addition, we have added a tennis shed right next to the courts where we can now put all our equipment in instead of sharing a room with several other teams. The shed is a great place for all the team together prior to matches for pre-rituals as well as for other various team meetings where Coach Jamie and Ivan can utilize the white board we put in and jot down goals for the day or for that particular match etc.

I've teased that idea of putting some couches in there and throw in a flat screen, perhaps some fun lights and we can turn it into a lounge room as well. But I guess for the time being, we'll keep it to storing all of our equipment and other things needed for the team. We would eventually like to hang action shots on the walls in the shed or other pictures of motivation to get us fired up in there.  

At the end of practice on Wednesday, Coach Jamie brought us all together for a pretty startling announcement. Our strength trainer, Nick Longo, who has been here at LMU for as long as I have been a student-athlete here (3 years) is leaving the Athletics Program for a promotion at Colorado State that is certainly in an area for which he has shown a lot of passion. He has been such an awesome guy and he truly cares about each and every one of his athletes. He will push us to limits we think we never can reach and give us some major tough love, which has made us emotionally and physically stronger. He has without a doubt been one of my biggest inspirations and motivators as a coach. And we have been very lucky to have him! Although we are really going to miss him, we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Coming up this week, we have a schedule packed of 3 matches. We first face UCLA on Wednesday on their home turf, following UCSB on Saturday and finally Cal Poly SLO on Sunday both at home. It is extremely important that we take care of our bodies before and after our matches so recover fast and can bounce back into the matches to follow. We would love your support this week.

GO LIONS!

Logan

 

LMU WOMEN'S TENNIS IS BACK IN ACTION

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Hey there tennis fans!

On behalf of LMU Women's Tennis, I hope you all had an exciting and relaxing holiday season and a great start to 2014! Bring on the new year! To new beginnings, new classes, new routines and a brand new season for your lady lions! We are all aware that LA doesn't have a 'real' winter and especially this time around. It's like we are jump-starting back into school from summer vacation! I know I am not alone in saying that I am not complaining. My teammates who ventured back to the cold in Europe for the holidays were experiencing drastically different weather. I know that for sure because they have all lost their tans....rough. With this blistering heat at the prime of winter here in LA, I'd say their color will return in no time!

A 4-week break was a much-needed time away from school, but I will say by week 3, I was missing LMU, my second home, the place I have fallen so hard for since freshmen year. Knowing that I have 3 remaining semesters left of college, more than ever, I want to cherish all the memories here especially with my tennis team. After all, they are like family. We've all seen each other in the best of times as well as through the tough times. But that's what has brought us together so well in such a unique atmosphere. I'm so excited to be reunited with them all again and get the season rolling! Oh and of course we missed Coach Jamie and Ivan...those troopers who are brave to put up with all of that estrogen. We all know that is no sinch.   

It was a long first week back. We have been away from a regular routine for so long, it definitely will take a little time to get back into the swing of things again with all new classes and a new practice/game schedule. We were not completely out of routine over break, however, because Nick, our strength training coach assured that we stick to our winter workout program religiously. It's one of those workout programs that is necessary for regularity because each week alters in weights. Oh and not to mention we were immediately welcomed back to school with fitness and strength testing our first week back. I mean hey, season is officially here. We have to be proactive with maintaining healthy and strong bodies. And once we get into matches, there is no turning back; match play will be constant.

We did the split squat test, the bench press test, the vertical jump test, an agility test, and lastly, of course, our beloved beep test.... I am so proud of all my teammates efforts this past week with testing. I can definitely tell that they all worked hard over break to keep up with all their fitness. Nick's goals for us were to improve our results from our previous test results before break. With the exception of one or two tests, most if not all of my team improved their scores. That's so awesome! This puts us in a great position moving forward as we enter into our beginning matches.

We did a lot of pattern hitting so we can hit a lot of balls and feel comfortable with our strokes. And we've also been experimenting with potential doubles pairs for season. 

This coming Saturday we face Concordia in our opening match at 11 and we would love some true Lion support! Hope to see you all out there! Have a great week!

That's all for now,

Logan

Pictured below is pictures from everyone's break. 

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Miya (right) celebrating New Years

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Laura (far left) out with friends in Germany

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Jessica with her pup

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Ana Lucia (right) hiking with her sister

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Lisa (right) and her twin sister back home in Switzerland


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Reka and her boyfriend at the Santa Monica Pier

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Julia showin off her new wheels

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Ellie (right) with Laura and Julia on our first weekend back

THE CONCLUSION OF FALL SEASON BRINGS BACK OUR BELOVED TESTING

Hey there tennis fans!

            We may all be wrapped up with our competitive tennis portion of our fall season, but that is not to say we don't have a little more competitive edge left in us! We have to because all the work off the court (weight lifting and fitness) is all being tested in order to see if we how much our strength and conditioning has improved throughout this preseason. First test to conquer was....the beep test...the one we look forward to the most (just kidding). Most of us were discouraged with our results, but Coach Jamie reiterated that at this point in the semester, our bodies are slightly fatigued. Surely we are not supposed to produce our best results. We have spent so many hours on the court and have competed our hearts out nearly every weekend at tournaments. Throw in spin and pilates and strength training three times a week and you can imagine after almost 4 months in, our bodies are feeling it.  

            Following the beep test on Saturday morning, we all commenced for a team meeting. Coach Jamie delivered a friendly reminder of what we should always keep in the back of our minds when we come to tennis everyday, even if it is just for an ordinary practice. We must think of our long-term goal, the ultimate goal of winning the WCC (West Coast Conference) Championship. When season rolls around in January, we have to take each match, whether it's in our conference or not, and play as if it is a critical match in our bitter competition conference of the WCC. We have 23 matches to play and we must compete in a system that is moving backwards more or less. When we get our first match win down, we think okay, now we let's win the rest that we have ahead of us. Jimbo really emphasized how optimistic of a coach that he is and he wants to train us all to be optimists as we approach our season. Confident in what we can and are capable of accomplishing if we simply just believe and set our mind to it.

            We hit the strength training gym this week for testing for bench press, squats and an assortment of others. I think this will be interesting to test because we have definitely underestimated how strong we really are. But we have definitely pleasantly surprised ourselves throughout the course of this semester session.

            On Saturday night, we put our tennis gear aside and got all dressed up for athlete formal. Last year was the first year LMU hosted an athlete formal, and it's definitely a great way to bring all the athletes together in a completely different environment than what we see of each other everyday. I love seeing how nicely people can look.  I hope they continue the tradition of this for years to come. It was definitely team bonding at its finest. The turnout was a lot more than last year too, which was great to show that each year it's improving in the number of athletes attending.

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            We're coming in the home stretch, and I know we are very excited to get a little mini break next week for Thanksgiving!

That's all for now!

Logan

AND THAT'S A WRAP FOR THE FALL TOURNAMENTS

Hey there tennis fans!

            Moving right along into November, we are little over a month away from finishing the semester and our fall pre-season. We know in the academic world, this means lots of final projects, papers and tests to do. The stress load is inevitable. Lucky for us, when it comes to school, your Lady Lions will get our work done! Tennis has taught us so much discipline and we can definitely utilize that discipline in our schoolwork. After all, after last season, our team finished with the highest collaborative GPA among all the sports teams here at LMU. That is so awesome, and people might overlook how incredibly difficult that is to maintain good grades at a prestigious university while playing a Division I sport. We have some smart ladies upon us, and who are all driven to accomplish their goals in college as well as look beyond the future as far as careers go after college.

            We are finishing up our last few weeks of strength training with our strength and conditioning coach, Nick Longo. Although hesitant at first to start this brand new workout program, I have to say that I have really learned to like it as the weeks went on. I never thought I would be able to bench press 90 pounds. Sure that sounds scary but Nick reaffirmed to all of us that we are strong and can definitely handle it. And he knew to push us without leading us to injury. We would do few reps, with spotters in sight so that we were super careful with our weights. It's super important that the form is correct and that we are sticking to the weights to which we have been assigned and what Nick has done a great and meticulous job of putting together for our whole team. We're very lucky to have him! Going on three years with that guy, and I really have learned so much from him and he really cares about all the teams he coaches because he believes in us and wants us to do well and compete at the highest level.

            Two final tournaments took place this weekend. 3 girls competed at the Jack Kramer's Fall Invitational, Miya, Kristine and Jessica along with our Assistant coach, Ivan.  This was a big tournament because it welcomed the big top teams in California like UCLA, Stanford and others. Kristine and Jessica both won their first rounds with wins over Mississippi State and UCSB. Due to slight injuries, both girls had to pull out of their next round. With all of the tennis they have been playing it is likely to think somewhat of a setback of an injury might come into play. But they have done such a superb job competing this fall and could use a little break!  

            Miya, our lone senior for this weekend, competed in her final fall collegiate tournament, which she admits was bittersweet. "I loved playing my last tournament at my home tennis club," she said. As a Palos Verdes native, she admits, "It was awesome having that home court advantage but I didn't do as well as I had hoped which was pretty disappointing. 

           She got a bye first round but lost a tough match against a girl from Baylor. She had a great first round constellation win over TCU before falling a little short in a tight 3-setter against a girl from Ohio State. "It's crazy to think that was my last tournament ever, but I am so excited for spring to start!"

 Julia, Ellie and Lisa went separately down with Coach Jamie to San Diego to compete in the other tournament for the weekend. Ellie and Julia were victorious in the doubles draw with a final win over CSU Northridge! So big congrats to them!

            If you see any of your LMU Lady lions walking around campus, we would appreciate some love to all our hard work this pre-season. Although we are not technically in season, most of the tournaments we played in featured a lot of the West Coast Conference teams so we got a taste of our competition for the upcoming season and more.

            I want to give a special thanks to our coaches for being so supportive and putting up with us on the weekends for these tournaments. It isn't easy traveling with a bunch of girls, but our team has some goofy characters, so I would hardly say it is ever dull being around any of us!

That's all for now! Go Lions!

Logan

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LMU WOMEN'S TENNIS HITS THE SOUTH TO ALABAMA

Hey there tennis fans!

            I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween weekend. Halloween came at a funky time this year and it even spread to two weekends long. How can people come up with so many costumes for two full weekends? My 21st birthday also happened to overlap with Halloween weekend 2 (this past weekend), so I couldn't tell if my birthday needed to be Halloween-oriented or not! It was a great weekend, nonetheless.

            The rest of the crew, 8 girls, headed down to Alabama for the Alberta Alison Fall Classic. It was quite the memorable trip to say the least. Just heading over to Alabama by plane was a giant production. There was a sudden change in the flight reservation which forced the team to leave a day earlier than intended and have to sit through major layovers in Houston before getting to the final destination. It was rough, and quality sleep did not seem to come into play for what seemed like a 24 hour traveling experience.

The team finally arrived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. You can say that we were the only team from California.  We looked practically foreign to them. LMU is not to be confused with LSU! I know I seem to get that perplexed comments from people from time to time. The tournament welcomed big teams like Georgia Tech, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Michigan, LSU, Northwestern, UNC Greensborough, Furman, Mississippi State, Tulane and Alabama. Lots of team and lots of tennis.

Despite the tough competition among the likes of these teams, your lions rep'd LMU well, not going out there without a fight and with poise and pride. Special congrats to Lisa who played fiercely and reached the finals of her flight with wins over Tennessee and Tulane before falling to Georgia State. Kristine also made an impressive run and cruised to a back draw victory after a win over Northwestern and LSU in the finals. In the doubles action, Ellie and Miya reached the finals of their flight. Overall the weekend was a success and I am so proud of all my teammates for all their efforts this past weekend. They have been working so hard and it shows that they can compete against any team even outside the west coast bubble

The trip back home was once again, a big production. Somehow the Alabama airport shut down and your lions had to stay there for yet another day. Humor seemed to replace the frustration that everyone had with wanting to get home, back to Cali. The exhaustion they felt made everyone delusional. And they finally arrived back Monday morning. Despite the traveling mishaps and lots of airport lounging, these are the memories that our team takes with us for the rest of our lives.

This coming weekend, we have a tournament back in San Diego again, so wish us luck this week! 

That's all for now!

Logan

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LIONS GET A LITTLE BREAK THIS WEEKEND

Hey there tennis fans!

October is already coming to a close. Seriously, where does time go? That school and tennis grind really makes us lose track of days. We are feeling that light fall breeze start to kick in the air. The days have been warm, but right around 5 pm, it starts to get a little chilly. Even though we haven't been really used to putting on sweatshirts or throwing on sweat pants, due to the consistent warm temperatures, cold weather is creeping in whether we like it or not. It's important now that we stay warm after practice and put on our sweatshirts or pants after we finish. I've heard around school that people are starting to get sick, so we must make sure that we are staying away from that. Having been here for two years, I am well aware that LMU sicknesses spread like wildfire.

Our team meeting consisted of Coach Jamie's overall evaluation of our tournaments thus far. There is no denying that every member of our team is a feisty competitor and wants to win not only for themselves but also for the team as a whole. And that's great! That's what your fellow teammates and coaches like to see. However, it is never good to get too bottled up with the stats and results of a match. Winning essentially comes down to believing; believing deep down that nothing is going to come in the way of you and victory. Jamie mentioned that some of us get too caught up with winning, hitting the perfect shot, or a shot better or stronger than the opponent so you are statistically ahead in scoring which ultimately puts you in better position to win. Sure all of that is important to some degree. However, it is not nearly as important as first finding in yourself to believe that you can win. If you don't first believe in yourself, than what sord of motivation is going to help carry you through? This definitely struck a chord with me. Jamie is absolutely right, and I know I am definitely guilty for sometimes lacking a belief mechanism. It seems so simple, yet I think people look beyond it when they really should pay more attention to it.

With a weekend off of a tournament this past weekend, our team still can't get away from one another. We went to our usual team lunch spot, Panini, on Saturday after practice for a little bonding time. Every time my parents will come to town, I always make sure I take them to Panini. It is so good! And I honestly would never have discovered it Coach Jamie did not take us there originally. Our team has great chemistry as a whole and everyone contributes a unique personality to the team that is refreshing and never a dull moment to say the least. It was nice that we had the rest of the weekend off free of tough tennis match brawls. A little relaxation is always a good thing.

Next weekend, LMU Women's Tennis takes on the south! We are headed to Alabama for the Alberta Alison Fall Classic! It also happens to be Halloween weekend when the team heads over there. So it should be quite the road trip! Wish us ladies luck this week!

That's all for now!

Logan

JESSICA ADVANCES TO FINALS AT REGIONALS

Hey there tennis fans!

            Us Lions have been quite busy this past month. Intensive practices during the week sprinkled with a heavy school work load wipes us out! Yes, it's midterm season again, but then again, it feels like it's always midterm season! And I know I'm not alone in saying this! Because there is a tournament every weekend, it's important that we are on top of our workload during the week and coordinate with our teachers in terms of rescheduling tests or whanot.

            Being a student-athlete has really taught us to be proactive with everything we do whether it's getting to practice on time, eating and hydrating appropriately throughout the day, meeting with our professors during office hours if necessary, getting our homework done, and then squeezing some down time to ourselves because it is so important to take breaks because it seems that free time is limited. This week, I really found how valuable breaks really are.

            I had a really tough academic week last week with a ton of papers and a couple midterms that all seemed to pile all at once....typical. At every free second, Ihad when I wasn't in class or at tennis, I was doing my work. I didn't get enough sleep and was not taking care of my body. It hit me Thursday afternoon that I was completely exhausted and burnt out. My roommates approached me because they were somewhat worried about me because I seemed to look way too stressed out.  I realized I was so consumed with my work that I never gave myself "me" time to just sit down and relax a little bit.

I was so concerned I wasn't going to finish my work on time, but the truth of the matter is, by spending so much time doing all of my work, I never refreshed my brain to continue working. I was probably not as productive as I would have been if I took breaks. That was my big lesson of the week and from here on out, no matter how much work I know I have to do, I am going to make sure that I give myself some quality time to myself to just chill and not do anything. I will definitely be in better shape in the long run. Moral of the story, 'balance' is key especially when you are a collegiate athlete.

8 girls headed down to San Diego this weekend for Regionals at Barnes Tennis Center. Everyone put a lot of great efforts in practice during the week and they looked in great shape for competition this past weekend. This tournament format was different than the others in that there was one main draw for all the competitors and there was also a back draw. Three girls (Laura, Miya and Kristine) advanced to the Round of 32. Our very own freshmen superstar, Jessica did an amazing job this past weekend!  She reached the finals and lost a nail-biter match against UC Irvine's Kat Facey in the finals, 7-6. 7-6. We know there's only more great things to come from her! She really repped our school well and I am so honored to call her my teammate. We are all so proud of her!

That's all for now!

Logan

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LIONS ROCK IT AT ST. MARY'S TOURNAMENT

Hey there tennis fans!

            We would be lying if we didn't say that our soreness has gotten the best of us. But in a great way... It's the type of soreness that we know we are getting stronger from and are really reaping the benefits from the weight room as well as on the court. By altering the weight program compared to previous years, I personally feel that more muscles are being worked and our bodies will be healthy and capable of tackling anything long term. We are lifting heavier than what we are typically used to as tennis players but we do them in small reps which is tolerable.

            Besides keeping our bodies athletic and strong at practice, another huge part about being an athlete that some people overlook sometimes is nutrition. Nutrition is so so key for providing us with fuel before and after workouts and as well as throughout the day. Nutrition can absolutely affect performance. You have to eat something that will give you enough energy to sustain through the duration of practice sessions, otherwise you will eventually fatigue. Coach Jamie does have us on those UCAN shakes, which we all are getting in a much better habit of using regularly.

In addition, we just had our first round of meetings with our nutritionist, Sarah. She is awesome! She actually trains Jamie when he hits the gym every morning at 5 AM....what a stud! We are so lucky to have Sarah. She will be a great resource and is really excited about getting us all on individual meal plan programs so we will never have to question what the appropriate thing to eat at certain times. She will put together something for us. We all made individual goals for ourselves and meeting with her frequently will be great so we can check in with her and discuss the progress we've been making week to week.

This past weekend in Moraga for the St. Mary's tournament, Reka, Eli, Miya and Jessica all played amazing tennis against top ranked schools such as Stanford, Washington, Cal as well as other fierce teams like Cal Poly, St. Mary's, Santa Clara and University of Pacific (who just joined our conference this year.) Special shoutout to Miya for reaching the finals of her division. She fought hard and had an awesome weekend!

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This coming weekend is regional's at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego! Wish us girls luck this week! We'd really appreciate it!

That's all for now!

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SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND AT LONG BEACH STATE TOURNAMENT

Hey there tennis fans!

            I hope you all enjoyed the warm weather this weekend! The fall months are vastly approaching, but the summer sun is still hanging around for a little longer. We have to take advantage of the nice temperatures as much as we can because yoga pants and uggs season is on its way!

            We were sad to hear that our pilates instructor, Roxanne (who's been our instructor since my freshmen year) is taking a leave of absence due to health reasons and should be expected to return next semester. For the returning players, this was sad news, because we have really established good relationships with her both on a personal level as well as in the yoga studio. She will be missed but we are optimistic about her return. In the meantime, we have a replacement instructor who is currently an LMU grad student and part time yoga instructor as well. She knows her stuff and is incredibly flexible. If only we were as incredibly flexible as she is...We are lucky she's so patient with us so we are attempting stretches correctly rather than running the risk of injuring ourselves.

            We finished our fourth and final week of our first circuit of weight training. Thank goodness, because those weights were getting heavy by that final week. Our strength coach, Nick, monitors our weight progression each week by recording what weights we started out with from week one to the final week. It's super important that we stick to the weights that are set for us individually because each person's set program varies slightly.

            Four of your lady lions traveled to Long Beach this past weekend for a tournament. It was definitely a major success! Every player went home with good wins. Miya Jin won her singles flight, Reka Rohonyi was a finalist in her flight, Kristine placed fourth in her flight and Laura Mueller placed third in her flight. Reka and Miya got third in their doubles division And Laura and Kristine won their doubles flight. I'm so proud of all the girls and this is a big confidence booster going forward with the tournaments ahead!

            This coming weekend, the girls will be heading up north to the bay area to compete in the St. Mary's tournament which is a big one with a lot of top name schools like Cal and Stanford so wish us ladies good luck if you see us around!

That's all for now!

Logan

 

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