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LMU FIGHTS T'LL THE END

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Hey there tennis fans!

All rested from a rather mellow weekend off from matches, we were healthy and excited for the matches this week. Coach Jamie was very impressed with how hard we had been working in practice; he knew that we were gearing up the best and most effective way we can for Friday and Saturday. We were super focused throughout the week and were willing to put in the extra effort to work on areas where we felt needed a little more practice. We were picking up balls left and right with all the baskets we went through so quickly this week.

Friday was our match against BYU. Since our matches come down to clinchers now, every point was crucial. For doubles, once the first two matches in doubles are complete, the third doubles is automatically done. It came down to literally a few points for the doubles point against the Cougars and unfortunately they took the dubs point from us. Despite the opening loss, we kept our heads held high as singles was up next. The battles were hard fought but we fell short with a final score of 2-5. Shout out to Jess and Ellie for their big wins on 2 and 6.

USD was next on the agenda for our Saturday afternoon match. USD has predominantly had a really strong team so we know we had to give them every ounce of energy that we had out there. We clinched the doubles point after amazing matches played. Our 1 and 3 teams played so well as "team" members and executed tremendous game plans. That put us in high spirits and with great confidence going forward. Kristine won her first set 6-2 and her opponent retired due to an injury giving us our 2nd match win. We just needed two more! Ellie secured a win at 6 but we lost at 2, 4 and 5; all of which could have gone either way. At no point of their matches did they show signs of giving up.

The match decider came down to Miya's match at 3. She and her opponent split sets after she won the first set. She came out with so many clutch volley angle winners, which put a lot of pressure on her opponent. A few tough breaks cost her the second set but it was by no means that Miya was losing her fire. Although a little peeved after losing the second set, Miya kept fighting t'll she couldn't anymore. She barely lost in the end for a final score of 6-2, but she played an incredible match showing our team what it's like to compete at such a high level like this. We are so proud of her! Jamie said it was one of the best matches he has seen played in the 39 years he has been coaching here!

Next Thursday, we are off to Portland and Spokane to play the Pilots and Gonzaga Bulldogs. Wish us luck upon our travels and we hope to bring home the wins for you all!

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

USF FOLLOWED BY A MELLOW WEEK/WEEKEND

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Hey there tennis fans!

It was back up to the bay area for our match-up against USF at the fancy Olympic Club on Wednesday. They came out with no mercy and unfortunately we couldn't execute the way that we wanted to pull out the victory. It was a great wake-up call for us to remind us that every match that we are going to play from here on out is crucial and we all really need to keep the mindset of leaving everything we have on the court even if we are pushing through a tough 3-setter and battling the pain. I would like to give a shout out to Reka and Ellie for their tenacious energies battling through to push both of their opponents to third set tiebreaks. They really gave it everything they had showing off a lot of lion pride.

Every team in our conference is super competitive but I am so confidant that our team definitely has the talent to beat any team we face. We just have to keep up those positive vibes throughout the duration of the season and not let a loss discourage us. We have a lot of matches ahead of us to prove ourselves. 

Us Lions will bounce back next week for our back-to-back matches against BYU on Friday followed by USD on Saturday. We rested appropriately this weekend to recover so we will be more than ready for the week to come!

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

CONFERENCE MATCHES BEGIN

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Hey there tennis fans!

Spring Break came to a close and that meant that things were starting to get serious for the Lady Lions as our biggest and most important matches were vastly approaching. In fact, we just had our very first conference match this past week against Santa Clara! 

I unfortunately got a little under the weather with a heavy cold/sore throat type deal last week so I was sitting out of practice and taking care of my body, but I knew my team was working hard to be as ready as possible for that first conference match. Santa Clara has always been a tough and competitive team in our conference so we wanted to definitely put on our game faces and best game plans and attitudes forward. On Friday, we flew up to norcal for our match against the Broncos on Saturday. After establishing a pretty solid doubles line-up over the past month, our execution and teamwork looked great out there and we successfully secured the doubles point, which put us in great position to take the match.  We won at 2 and 3 and big shout out to Kristine and Reka who pulled out an 8-0 victory at No. 3 dubs.

Santa Clara's singles line up was solid especially their top players but Jessica, Kristine, Miya and Laura put up great battles! Reka and Ellie had great wins at 5 and 6 which gave us an ending result of a close 3-4 total match score! It's tough to walk away with the loss, but I am so proud of all of them and that is a great tight first match to start off our conference matches.

Next week, we turn around to the bay area on Tuesday morning to play USF on their home turf. The match will be on Wednesday morning! Wish us luck and we hope to do LMU proud and come back home with the win!

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

LMU WOMEN'S TENNIS HITS PALM DESERT FOR SPRING BREAK

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Hey there tennis fans!

Palm Springs swallowed us up good this week and in the best way possible. We have made this annual trip down to Indian Wells for spring break for the past two year and I can without a doubt say it is one of the highlights of our season and the perfect team bonding getaway....and of course we get to train a little on the side as well. We are so lucky that the BNP Paribas tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden happens to fall during our spring break and the fact that the location is only a short two-hour drive makes it so worth the trip! For those of you who are not familiar with the BNP tournament, it's a professional tennis tournament that attracts some of the biggest tennis pros on tour. It is basically a mini grand slam, and if I didn't know better, I would consider it a grand slam. The atmosphere is so great to be around because we are surrounded by people who love the sport the same way we do.

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We got down here to the desert in the blistering 85 degree heat on Wednesday morning which was quite a relieving sight considering that LA has experienced a significant downpour of rain for a few days. However, we know when it rains, it pours in LA and when that rare occasion does happen, it only last a few days at most.

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Our Palm Springs escape trip came just in time, just in time for us to avoid the final days of those showers! We did just come back from Vegas, but we were ready for more quality team time, some much needed sunshine, and some motivation from some our favorite players--not to mention the studs! We could stay there all day long and watch these men play with their shirts off, showing off their games and their pecks.




One of the players I personally was looking most forward to seeing was John Isner. He's got that All-American, wholesome guy image with that 6'9 physique. I have such a crush...Too bad I couldn't snag a picture with him but I did take a picture of him smiling in my direction so I'll consider that half of a success! We also spent plenty of time picking up what the women in the tournaments were doing for their cross training workouts and ritual warm-ups before they would play a match. 

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We noticed that so many of the women are so incredibly fit and talented that it definitely inspired us to strive to be the most in-shape that we can possibly be for the remainder of the season, and of course, the most important part of the season-conference.

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One of our favorite moments of the trip...literally one of those "die and go to heaven moments..." was when we snuck up on Roger Federer practicing in a corner court away from where the bulk of the practice courts were at the sight. Normally, it would be posted everywhere the location and time where Fed would be practicing because obviously he would reel in a huge crowd...but when we saw him sneak on a court for an extra practice, a few teammates and I had to pounce on that opportunity to somehow get his attention...and we did! 




Due to the rather quiet crowd around us, it gave us a better opportunity to get him to turn around. Lisa, Ellie, Miya and I decided to yell "Roger you're perfect.." when he was sitting down on the bench for a break...Not only does he turn around to see where that was coming from, but he also lets out a big smile and a wave over to us...We wish we got it on video. It was gold. And I know it does not do it justice just to tell it back, but believe me, it was awesome...it was one of those, "had to be there moments."

One of the greatest parts of the tournament is that (most) of the players are very approachable and like to interact with the fans that travel from everywhere to come see them.  Our best bet of getting their attention was migrating to their practice courts and watch them grind out points with their coach and/or hitting partners and flock to the front of the crowd so you can try to think of a clever one liner that will make you standout among the rest so you can actually score an autograph or better yet, a picture, or maybe even a selfie. 

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One of the greatest parts of the tournament is that (most) of the players are very approachable and like to interact with the fans that travel from everywhere to come see them.  Our best bet of getting their attention was migrating to their practice courts and watch them grind out points with their coach and/or hitting partners and flock to the front of the crowd so you can try to think of a clever one liner that will make you standout among the rest so you can actually score an autograph or better yet, a picture, or maybe even a selfie. 

Oh, we got plenty of selfies, and to some we didn't even know, or some we thought might be someone well known...like Tommy Haas' look-alike. Good thing we didn't yell out, "Hey Tommy, can you take a selfie with us?" That would have been pure embarrassment.

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Around dinner time both nights, we went to this outdoor mall-like area which had all of the big chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, Yard House, BJ's, PF Changs, etc. because we knew from last year that that was where a bulk of their players would eat....we remember seeing players left and right from last year.


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This year we didn't see as much, but that was because we were probably so actively on the hunt in comparison to last year where they just appeared everywhere and we weren't searching. We did manage to see Lleyton Hewitt back to back nights. He also wore the exact same thing he did the night before, which gave us all a little déjà vu. He was a nice guy though and did take a picture with us...on one of the nights.


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Overall, it was such a fun trip, and a lot of us were sad to return back because we wanted to stay longer and soak up more of the tournament. But hey, I guess all good things must come to an end right? We made it back in time for one more practice before our match against Florida International on Saturday.

We  started off a little rocky in doubles and were lacking energy out on the court. The past few days have gotten the most of us with our long days in the heat and people were starting to show early stages of sicknesses, but we fought through and through. Unfortunately we ended up losing the doubles point but Jess and Miya pulled out a great 8-2 victory at 1. Jessica and Miya also won their individual singles matches in addition to Ellie at 6. With these wins alone, it was not enough to win the whole match so we lost a close 3-4.

This coming Friday, we will travel to Santa Clara for Part 1 of our NorCal adventures and our opening conference match. If you are in the bay area, we would love to see you come out support us lions!

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

VEGAS BABY

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Hey there tennis fans!

Your lady lions have just climbed the rankings to No. 63! After a big win over No. 44 UC Irvine last week, we were destined to make a jump! Hopefully we can continue to climb higher as the weeks go on!

We just had to get through 4 days of midterms and papers and then we were Vegas bound! It's crazy to think we have already hit almost the half way point of our season. UNLV was anxiously awaiting our arrival and I know we have been working hard on the court to give them a run for their money. The thunderous rain that rushed in on Thursday night and rolling into Friday set us back a little bit however. Due to this rain hick-up, our match was delayed on Friday...so much for "Spring Break." I guess that what happens when our spring break dates are roughly during the ending weeks of winter. Us spoiled Californians have not even seen rain in quite a while. Needless to say, nature really needed it.

We finally got to play the next day, but we also had another match to play which was scheduled prior. This meant that we had to play twice...and for most of us, that meant four total matches. The struggle was real, but it was a real testament to our endurance and mental strength to see if we can get through both matches. We lost our first match against UNLV but we did not let the loss get to us too much knowing we had another match to follow. With a two-hour recovery before match No. 2, Utah State was ready for us. We took care of business and got the 'W' even though we felt as if our bodies were going to collapse. It felt so good to end our double-header with a win and I am so proud of my team for pushing through and hanging tough to the bitter end.


On Wednesday, we head to Indian Wells for our annual trip to watch the BNP tournament for a couple days as well as do a little training of our own. I am literally beyond excited for that and I know the rest of my team is feeling the same. The weather is supposed to shape up a little better when we're down there so we can get a little dose of what a real "spring break" should look like.

We will return back to LMU on Friday in time for our match against Florida International on Saturday. Come out and support if you are in town and would like to show a little lion pride.

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

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