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Hey there tennis fans!

It is always sad to end a season in a loss, but we can't win 'em all! Seeded 8, we were excited to face USD for round one in the WCC Conference tournament at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.. Yes, we didn't win the first time we played them, but as a refresher, that was our biggest nail-biting match all season; the result literally could have gone either way. It was like a winning loss. It came down to a final deciding match. Oh yes, that fateful match....the one that Coach Jamie said was one of the best matches he has ever seen play in his nearly 40 years of coaching. Miya, don't be embarrassed that I'm bragging about you again... More importantly than almost capturing that win, both Jamie and Ivan were so proud and commended our efforts as if we had been the victors. This time, we wanted revenge against the Toreros.

We met our match on Wednesday. Losing the doubles point was tough. The game scores were super close all throughout and we were fighting with the greatest strength we had in us. Getting into singles, we know we had to put on our A games. The clinch-clinch gives us a little added pressure as well. It was do or die; we had to leave it all out on the court. Unfortunately our No. 1, 2 and 4 lost giving the Toreros the 4th and final win that they needed to advance. Shout out to Ellie who played an amazing match at 6 to win with a score of 6-1, 6-1. Our 2 seniors, Miya (at 2) and Reka (at 5) were making serious comebacks and had the other matches not completed earlier, we would have been a threatening case to win the match! It was such a bummer that their last matches of their college careers were not able to be completed...It was also ironic that the seniors' matches were the only ones that were still in play.

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There is no doubt that clinch-clinch is brutal, but it teaches us how important it is to take care of business, and take care of it quick and effectively. For us players that normally start slow, it forces us to capitalize and play with reckless abandon right from the start of the match. Both physically and mentally, we know that's what we have to do. 



Easier said than done though, right? But hey, we're not perfect. We are forever learning and growing and improving. We don't settle. We are lions, we're hungry and we will keep fighting. This isn't the end. It just motivates us even more to keep working at our games so we can be the best we can and represent LMU in the greatest way possible. We want people to look up to us as tennis players and student athletes radiating lots of LMU pride. Jamie also gave a heartfelt speech commemorating the seniors. It was emotional. 




On a side note, and on behalf of the team, I am going to miss all three of the seniors so much. 

For the two seniors who competed this year, Miya and Reka and Claudia (who was unfortunately ineligible for competition this year), I admire and look up to you guys everyday and am so thankful to have grown so close to you guys these past three years not just as teammates but as life-long friends,...family. You have accomplished so much and have kicked some major butt on the court. I am so excited for what the future holds for you all but I know you will conquer whatever you choose to do just like you've done in school and in tennis! I wish you all the best with your future endeavors and love you all so much!

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Until next season! GO LIONS!

Logan



ST. MARY'S AND PACIFIC AND SENIOR DAY

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Hey there tennis fans!

It's just starting to sink in that we are approaching the tail end of our season! Holy cow! Time flies.  Although we have had our fair shares of ups and downs throughout the season, we have played some unbelievable matches and our team has grown so incredibly close and not to mention, we have created countless memories that we will remember forever. I would have to say that the team chemistry this year is probably the strongest we have had in my three years here. Although when we are out there individually on the court, we still are a part of something bigger, a team. And we are so lucky to be surrounded by such caring, supportive, hard-working and fun group of girls.

Coach Jamie had us do this activity at our Tuesday meeting this past week. He understands that we have been a little hard on ourselves with our recent losses and he wanted to remind us through this activity that a loss is a loss and it shouldn't lead us to individually self-destruct. Jamie thought of a perfect quote the other day when Lisa was having her frustrations get the better of her on the court, and by that I mean she was considering throwing in the towel and becoming a professional ball picker-upper....a promising career? Jamie said, "You don't know what love is until you hate it." Obviously we come to the courts everyday because we love the sport so much, All those hours spent everyday...we wouldn't come out and keep grinding out there if we didn't love the sport.

Jamie tried to reassure us that we can't always love tennis. We have to hate it at some point in order to really appreciate it and love it all over again. That's the way of the world not just with tennis but with anything important to us in our lives. Like I mentioned before, we are a part of something bigger than just ourselves, we are part of an amazing squad that has our backs. We work hard day in and day out, together. We get through the good, the bad and the ugly, together.

For this activity that he wanted us to take part in during the meeting, Jimbo gave us all these small sticks. He had us all recall our recent frustrations and stresses and take it out on the stick essentially and break it in half. Than he got another group of sticks he handed out and he wanted us to put them all together and than individually try to break that. We quickly found out that that was way too hard to do. From this exercise, we learned, we are only as strong as our team together, (so all the sticks together) and we are not nearly as strong on our own. This really hit home for me because it shows how valuable team dynamics are.

It's been so long since we've talked about our pet mascot, Munchie the squirrel, but it is not to say that he's not around, because he most certainly is, but he definitely is a lot more in and out than he used to be. This past week, he really wanted to remind us that he is back on his aggressive food-seeking grind. Some how, I can't even begin to tell you how, Munchie chewed his way through Lisa's Tupperware full of nuts. He actually broke into Tupperware with his apparent razor sharp teeth. I mean that's just impressive. Lisa is supposed to be Munchie's favorites! But hey, a squirrels gotta do what a squirrels gotta do I guess. He peeked to see nuts and he absolutely went after that. I honestly don't know how its little teeth didn't break off after tackling that Tupperware. Lesson learned, Munchie is forever on the prowl. We should never for a second think that he's found new territories to claim or other teams to interrogate with his hunger and killer instincts.

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Saturday's match was against University of Pacific and it also happened to be REPRESENT DAY for all student athletes. Represent day is a day where we try to show our utmost support and LMU pride for all the athletes and go out to watch a game or two. It was not just us who had a match. Soccer, softball, baseball, volleyball and water polo also had games going on. 


So needless to say, there were ample opportunities for fans, peers, family members, or other athletes to come out and game-hop. There was a decent crowd that came out for our match, which was nice. And we won, which was even sweeter! It was a close 4-3 and everyone took care of business and we did what was necessary to win. We were happy to solidify this win because going into the match, they had our same win-loss record, so winning that match can put us in better position for the seeding in the conference tournament.Sunday 

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Senior day was a success. Although the win did not go our way against No. 43 ranked, St Mary's. Kristine's opponent at 1 is ranked No. 8 in the country. All considering, Kristine fought a great battle. The other girls' scores were super close as well but we were not able to come out on the top in the end.

On a happier note, Lisa and I put ourselves in charge for putting together gift baskets for our three seniors--Miya, Reka and Claudia in order to commemorate senior day. Lisa and I love to get cute gifts for friends so we had fun putting together a basket of little trinkets that we knew our teammates would enjoy. We also made them their own picture collages of fun team pictures that we compiled throughout the year.

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As cliché as it sounds, pictures are really worth a thousand words and it warmed my heart to see their reactions when we gave those collages to them. They were all so touched. 

There is always something about getting gifts where you actually spent time to create it yourself compared to buying something at a store that might not have any really emotional connection to it.

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This coming week we have our very last game of the season against Pepperdine on their turf. It would mean the world if you wished us luck or wanted to even make a trip out there in Malibu to watch us go out with a bang one final time....before the conference tournament of course.

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

LADY LIONS WIN ONE LOST ONE IN PORTLAND AND SPOKANE

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Hey there tennis fans!

After getting Monday off of school due to Cesar Chavez Day, (we did not get that day off of practice however), we had just three days of school before we ditched the oddly cold weather (for LA) for even colder weather up in Portland and Spokane, Washington. And by cold for us, we're talking like 59 into low 60's. Yikes! But we had to bring our warmest clothes so we could bundle up in the bitter temperatures in Portland and Spokane. Thankfully we were playing indoors! A few of my international teammates have had a lot of experience practicing indoors back home so that definitely put us at some advantage going into our matches this past weekend.

Our first match up was against Portland. After losing the doubles point and our first two singles matches, your lions persevered and proceeded to win the next four singles matches to claim the win! It was huge and showed a true sign of teamwork. Being down in the overall match did not affect the remaining performances out there! It occurred to those still out there fighting, that they can still come back, we could still win this thing! With that mentality, we were confident to walk away with the victory and snatch that first conference win! This one was a true team effort!

The next day, it was off to a new state for a new match! The Gonzaga Bulldogs were up next. Although all of the traveling shenanigans wears us out, we knew we had to tough it out because we had to be sharp for our next match. We came all this way, we had to put our best games forward. Sadly, the win didn't go our way this time but we all played our hearts out nonetheless.

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(Coach Jamie on a casual phone call in the airport)

This weekend, we have two big conference matches. We play Pacific (who just joined West Coast Conference this year) on Saturday and St. Mary's on Sunday. Saturday is our REPRESENT game along with a few more sport events and we are trying to get as many fans, family members, alumni and peers to come out and support how hard us ladies have been working all season long. The end of the season is just around the corner and we would love your support more than ever! Sunday is our very last home match and it will also be our senior game so it would be another opportunity to come out and watch! The weather is supposed to be fabulous this week and into the weekend, so why not come out and enjoy a game or two in the sun? These matches are going to be so important, much like every match is but with just one remaining conference match left after this week, we've got to go big or go home, right? Thank you for all your support thus far this season!

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That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

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