Hey there tennis fans!
past Tuesday was our strength trainer, Nick Longo's last day pushing us in the
gym. He's not the most sentimental of guys so it was no wonder when his send
off wasn't as heartfelt but it was motivating and just so him. No tears shed,
but deep down I know he will really miss us. We're a memorable bunch. 2-3 times
of gym workouts week after week--and for me personally as well as a few other
my teammates, the past three years--we are bound to form this bond with him. I
know he will intimidate his next victims to no end, but they will all learn to
love him like I know my team did.
We played Long Beach away where they came in with absolutely
no mercy and collectively outplayed us, however there were close matches that
took place throughout the line up. In fact most of your Lady Lions walked off
the court saying, "I lost, but I played really well." Happy losses are always
better than a loss on its own. If you can walk away from a loss with optimism,
it will surely carry over in the next matches that we play dismissing that
negative energy that sometimes is difficult to avoid especially fresh out of a
Coach Jamie gave us a little pep talk during our practice on
Saturday that definitely hit home for a lot of us. A lot of the times, we tend
to over-analyze on the court whether it's from shot selection, reactions to
errors or even the littlest of things. We sometimes pick out the most
microscopic technical flaws when really we should just focus on the next point or
game plan and not dwell on what has already happen because at that point,
nothing can be done to change the past, just work to improve on the next point.
He brought up this "Paralysis by Analysis" phrase which happens to be a fatal
disease for an athlete in the heat of battle. These factors that tend to be
overanalyzed can more often than not build up and can affect our performances
out there on the court during match time. Match time, is not the time to worry
whether or not our strokes are there, rather we have to use the skills we have
and some aspects of our games might be working stronger than others but you have
to work with what you got. I know that I am definitely not alone in relating to
that, and I think Jamie did a great job of bringing this to our attention
because some of us might be subconsciously 'overanalyzing' that it might be
negatively affect our match results.
No lazy Sunday for us. We played our home match against CSU
Fullerton. After losing the doubles point, we knew we needed to clutch at least
4 singles matches in order to get the win. Kristine rocked it at the No. 1 spot
and Reka, Ellie and Julia hung tough and overcame obstacles throughout their
matches to take care of business and finish with proud victories. We did what
we had to do to win. Every match, Jamie puts a word on the white board in our
tennis shed as something to focus on when we get into our matches. Our word was
'together' and we definitely worked together to accomplish our goals and come
up on top. It was a great win overall for us and one that we will carry with us
as we enter our near prime of the season.
These three, Ellie, Julia and Reka pulled out huge wins for us on Sunday!
This week we have a match on Thursday, we play Cal State
Northridge at 1:30 at home. We would
love to see you all out there!
That's all for now. GO LIONS!
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
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
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.
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,
Pictured below is pictures from everyone's break.
Miya (right) celebrating New Years
Laura (far left) out with friends in Germany
Kristine hanging out with Viktoria Azarenka
Madison (right) spending time at home with her sister
Jessica with her pup
Ana Lucia (right) hiking with her sister
Lisa (right) and her twin sister back home in Switzerland
Reka and her boyfriend at the Santa Monica Pier
my brother and myself at the Rose Bowl game
Julia showin off her new wheels
Ellie (right) with Laura and Julia on our first weekend back
Hey there tennis fans!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Hey there tennis fans!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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!
Hey there tennis fans!
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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!
it's been a long day...
Hey there tennis fans!
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.
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
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!