Inside the Huddle with Ashley Maxfeldt - September 17

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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.

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