September 2012 Archives

The Lions Carry the Flag

Another week has passed at LMU and the Lions are doing great. Unfortunately, some sicknesses and injuries prevented a lot of the boys from practicing as hard as they usually do but that couldn't hang their heads (hello, Google Translator!!).

Due to that, last Friday's travel to the Future in Irvine turned into a nice getaway for the Australians: only Coach Brad Sceney, tennis-beau Daniel Simko, and "the Toddfather," Todd Volmari lifted the Lions (and the Australian) flag.  Both, Daniel and Todd, achieved good first round wins before falling in their next matches.  I'm sure they still enjoyed their Vegemite sandwiches.

The other boys treated themselves to a nice weekend with a lot of time to study for upcoming midterms. Busta and "Tha Horse" Nick Bjerke practiced for the upcoming tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while I was forced by the LMU physician to take a mononucleosis test even though I assured her that there is no chance I could ever be infected.  Unfortunately, I was wrong: my test was positive and I'm out for 4 weeks.  But I'm feeling completely normal and, no worries, I'm not contagious. I'm pointing that out particularly for guys like "Rrrr" Robin Kiyabu, who fearfully refused to take me to Subway on his new high speed scooter the other day! He looks like a Hells' Angel on it though, so I didn't complain.

With those last words at the end of another long day with mono, I wish everyone a fantastic week and hope you'll keep on reading the Blog when the master of descriptive language, Daniel Simko, returns to his mind-blowing work next week. Good luck to Nick and Busta in Oklahoma!  I'm sure they'll make their opponents smash some rackets and they'll celebrate some victories as sweet as a bite in a Chipotle burrito (a poor try of mine to continue Daniel's fabulous fast food metaphors). Make sure to check out our Facebook page and you'll hear from me in 2 weeks.

Good morning and good night!


Felix van Kann

Have to love Monday mornings - back to classes and practice for the week.  All of us are so busy, busy, busy. 


Last week the women's volleyball team played on the road Thursday at St. Mary's and at home Saturday against the University of San Francisco.  Thursday went really well. Lots of fans packed the gym to watch St. Mary's conference home opener.  Too bad for them, we came ready to play.  The Gael's, who were predicted to finish first place in conference, were swept in three by the LMU Lions!  I was so proud of our team. We played together point by point and got a huge win for the program. 


Using that momentum, we came home to play the University of San Francisco on Saturday.  A long five game fight took place. We came up short.  We lost 15-12 in the 5th game.  After the loss we talked as a team and we are using that match as a lesson as we head into practice this week. 


The West Coast Conference is very tough this year. In fact, three teams in our conference are ranked in the Top 25 in the AVCA rankings.  Our team will have to come ready to compete and execute for every point in every match to achieve our goals.  I am confident in our team that we will use our loss as a lesson as we move forward to our future conference matches.  Malcolm S. Forbes says, "Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat."  We will take the USF match as some motivation to work harder in practice this week to bring our best game Thursday against San Diego. 


Come support the women's volleyball team Thursday at home at 7:00 pm as we continue our quest to make LMU known in the West Coast Conference.


The Week That Was in Lion Sports - September 24

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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.

With fierce conference play looming, the LMU fall sports teams continued to face tough competition over the past week as they gear up for the grueling weeks to come.

Arguably the biggest win of the week for LMU came in Palo Alto Friday when the men's soccer team defeated Stanford University 2-1 in overtime. Eric Brunter scored his first goal of the season in regulation before Craig Nitti netted the golden goal at the start of overtime. Continuing their weekend of matches with Bay Area Pac-12 schools, the Lions played in Berkeley on Sunday but lost 1-0 to Cal. LMU will head back to northern California next weekend to open WCC play at Saint Mary's and at Santa Clara.

The volleyball team opened up conference play last week when they traveled to Moraga and swept Saint Mary's on Thursday. Then back at home on Saturday, the Lions lost a close five-set match to San Francisco, dropping LMU to 1-1 in WCC competition. Litara Keil was dominant throughout the weekend, recording 12 kills Thursday before setting a career-high mark with 24 kills on Saturday.

Also going 1-1 for the weekend was the men's water polo team. Playing at #2 UCLA, the Lions lost 16-8 on Friday night. LMU recovered quickly though and put on a show for the home crowd the next day when they beat Pomona-Pitzer 13-7 in the team's first home match of the season. Milutin Mitrovich led the team with six goals over the weekend.

In Santa Clarita this weekend, both cross country teams competed in the Mustang Challenge. Jessica Mumaugh finished seventh overall, helping the women's team cruise to a third place team finish. Michael Duncan led the men's team, finishing eighth overall and helping the men earn a sixth place team finish. 

Lions Heat Up the Courts

G'day LMU tennis fans, we hope you have had a great week!

It's been another productive week for the team, with a lot of practice and conditioning. One of the benefits of playing at college is having coaches to provide feedback on ways to improve. This week, Brad and Aaron had us doing drills to improve on some parts of our game that let us down during our matches at Costa Mesa. Last week end the majority of the team played the future at Costa Mesa, around an hour away from LMU. It was another hot weekend. So hot that even the sun was looking for some shade and two trees were fighting over a dog.

The competition was tough and Nick, Todd and myself were unable to reach the second round. Felix and Othar were or on the other hand able to win their first match. Once again they came up against some quality opponents in the second round. It's a great chance to play some tough opponents and gauge where our games are at right now. This weekend we are heading to Irvine to play another Futures Tournament. We hope to gain more valuable match toughness and fitness. It's likely that senior Jack Zapala, who I like to call the mailman (because he always delivers), will be playing his first match for the fall. Jack had wrist surgery last year, so it is awesome to see him back firing down his canon serves and hitting his volleys crispier than KFC's chicken. Felix will be back next week to let everyone know how we played! It impresses me how well he writes considering English is not his first language.

I hope everyone treats themselves to a relaxing week end, you deserve it.



This blog is written by sophomore women's volleyball player Ashley Maxfeldt.  Ashley will be blogging throughout the year to give fans insight into the 2012 women's volleyball team and life at LMU as a student-athlete.

Sundays.  The one day of the week that the LMU Women's volleyball team has off.  Lets just say in the eyes of an athlete, we live for Sundays.  Just got back from LAX - our second home.  Back from a tournament held in South Bend, Indiana at Notre Dame University.  Mentally and physically exhausted from the weekend we sit back and relax and appreciate the life lessons learned this weekend.  Day one was very rough for us, we lost to the University of Kansas.  Frustrated with how things went with Kansas we had to pick up our heads and refocus for day two.  Notre Dame and Xavier were our next competitors.  Our first match of day two was against Notre Dame, a packed home court.  A team that was 4-0 at home, a team who had dancing leprechauns throwing out hot dogs to fans, and a team looking to sweep someone else on their home court. However all of those factors were used to our advantage.  The locker room talk before the match consisted of the team talking about how we wanted to come out with nothing to lose, and how we wanted to make a statement and make LMU known across the map.  Coming out strong the LMU Lions swept the first 2 sets, losing the 3rd but coming back and winning the 4th set to win the match.  Let me give you an insight on the point that won us the match.  Notre Dame set one of their best outside hitters and Litara Keil and Hannah Tedrow jump up to block the Notre Dame outside for the win.  Once that ball hit the ground, the LMU Lions were celebrating hard!  Thirteen girls jumping and screaming about a victory that will be one for the books.  A team that never stopped fighting and gave everything to beat a higher ranked team will come out on top.  The locker room after that match was a huge celebration of hard work and determination.  After having an hour off we were back to the grind with Xavier, another higher-ranked team.  This was another great match for the LMU Lions, taking the reigns and beating Xavier in four sets.  This weekend was a great way to end pre-season and come into this next week ready for West Coast Conference play.  Back on the road Thursday to play St. Mary's, and eager to be back home in Gersten to play San Francisco. The Women's volleyball team is ready for war, and ready to be heard.

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,


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.


Daniel Simko