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LADY LIONS BUST OUT 3 MATCHES THIS WEEK

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Hey there tennis fans!

We have openly welcomed in a new addition to the LMU Women's Tennis family, a new volunteer assistant coach Kerry.  She played tennis for ASU and should be a value asset to our squad. She has jumped in right when lots of matches are underway so she is getting to quickly learn all of our individual game styles.

Wednesday's home match against the No. 42 ranked UC Irvine was intense. After a lot of focus spent on our doubles strategies this week in practice, our hard work paid off and we successfully captured the doubles point giving us a leg up going into the singles matches. We needed this confidence because it had been a few matches or so where we have failed to win that crucial point. 

But things seemed to continue to work in our favor for the duration of the match and Kristine at 1 and Miya at 3 both won big in two tight sets. And finally, Jessica at 2 clinches the final point to give us the 4-3 victory! There was so much focus and tenacity played by all of these ladies and I couldn't have been prouder for their passionate efforts out there!

We posted a 6-1 victory over UC Riverside, which put us on a 4-0 winning streak and brought us confidence going into our Sunday match against San Diego State.

With a 6 AM wake up call and a 7 AM departure to San Diego, we were on our way. SDSU have always forced us to play on our "A' games because they have a tough roster, and are currently ranked No. 58. Putting the ranking aside, we fought a great battle! However, it just didn't go our way in the end and we lost 4-3. We clinched the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and won giving us an early lead into the match, but unfortunately we only secured two wins at singles with Reka at 5 and Ellie at 6.

Spring Break is just a week away! We don't get to escape to Cabo like the rest of LMU, because we are just entering the prime of season--conference, but we do get a couple team traveling excursions thrown in with major team bonding. Thursday, we leave for Las Vegas where we play UNLV and Utah State. When we return, we get a few days back at LMU before we depart for Indian Wells to train and watch some of the BNP Paribas Open.

 Last year, we went there and it was definitely the highlight of our season! I know I speak on behalf of the returners-Miya, Lisa, Reka, Kristine, Madison and Ana-Lucia-that we are so excited to goback again! Hopefully Federer can make it up to us this time and pose for a picture since we were literally so close last year!

We will return back to LMU on Friday just in time for our match on Saturday against Florida International to wrap up our Spring Break.

That's all for now! Go LIONS!

Logan

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Jessica clinching that win, coming in for the team hug after UC Irvine win

"FORMING" "STORMING" AND "PERFORMING"

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Hey there tennis fans!

Back to back Sunday matches means come Monday we have the day off...hallelujah. Our muscles are sore and physically and mentally we feel a little bit out of sorts. Those days we have off are key, and it is essential that we all really utilize the day to recover and rest, and perhaps catch up on some of that homework we have...and at times, easy to dismiss.

Coach Jamie reiterated the three stages of our season in our Tuesday meeting; "Forming," "Storming" and "Performing." Forming deals with situating our line-up and figuring out doubles combinations which are still being experimented but we have firmly cemented a few positions which I think will contribute to our success this season.

In the 'storming' phase, we hit some speed-bumps and what team doesn't right? But it's not about us capitalizing on what's not working out, but it's figuring out how best to deal with the situation at hand. If something is not working, how are we going to best take care of it so we can put our best efforts forward and represent our school with Lion pride and win.

Jamie brought out one of his lovely analogies that he likes to throw in to our meetings...He envisions that he drives a bus along this process we call our season, but he will only take people on board if they carry positive energy with them. Positivity is so important on how we conduct ourselves as student athletes of LMU and it definitely has an affect on our performances in matches. So as we get into more matches, Jamie wants to make sure that we check our 'negative energy' at the door and get those positive vibes going because believe it or not, it is a contagious energy and could really make a positive impact on our 2014 season.

Again it's a process, but with our two secure wins under our belts, we know what it takes to play like a team, execute and pull out a victory. Now we just have to take care of ourselves both on and off the court and that means nutrition, sleep and all that good stuff so we can come to the courts each day fresh and positive and ready to kick some lion butt!

We played Cal State Northridge on Thursday at home. We had a shot at winning the doubles point after making comebacks in two of the matches but we fell just short. Coach Jamie was disappointed with us during the 10-minute break before singles and he felt the reason why we lost the point was due to our lack of energy (low energy/negative energy) it all was not good according to him, and he assured us that we really need to pick that up going into the singles. Good thing we changed our approach for the duration of the match. We played with fire and intensity, fighting for every point.

We had key wins at 1 from Kristine who won 0 and 0 which was awesome and Jessica at 2 battled strong to come up and top and Laura at 3 as well as Reka at 4. We ended up with a final 4-3 score and I couldn't have been prouder of my crew! Securing wins this like this allows us to instill this killer and winner instinct--we know how to come back from being down and can turn it around to shift the results to our favor. Now we just need to work on starting off a little stronger so we can maintain a steady lead throughout.

We battle UC Irvine on Wednesday at home along with UC Riverside away on Friday and San Diego State on their home turf on Sunday. Another packed week for the lady lions but we are just inching our way closer and closer to conference!

Wish us luck and we hope to see you all out there!

That's all for now. GO LIONS!

Logan

PS: We finally took a team picture that we actually liked..it only took about 10 takes...

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PARALAYSIS BY ANALYSIS

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Hey there tennis fans!

This 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.

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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 match.

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.

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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!

Logan

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

 

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