Hey there tennis fans!
Can you believe it's March
already? I know I always say that time flies in my blog but I can't help but
realize it more than ever because I am a senior and deep into my final semester
of my collegiate career. And everything I do or have done this year could be
for the last time. Okay, it's too early on to get sappy, but I would be lying
if I said I didn't think about it from time to time. Anytime my co-captain,
Lisa and I bring up the thought of graduating, we have to stop ourselves... "Live
in the present," as Coach Jamie would say.
Speaking of Jamie's classic
quotes, we caught him revealing to The Loyolan (when he interviewed to
celebrate his 40th year as head coach) that this year's squad is his
favorite. However, we discovered that he likes us so much because it is part of
his nature to enjoy everyone he surrounds himself with in that present moment.
I guess we can consider ourselves special, right?
We focused this past week
primarily on doubles because we have been struggling a little bit with our
executions in matches. We have also been trying out different doubles teams. Additionally,
we decided to have a team intervention about our slow start problem in our
matches. Our energy tends to be lower than it should be especially with the ITA
format shortening our matches significantly. With that said, we cannot really
afford to start so slowly in our matches because it can be sometimes difficult
to switch momentums when are starting from behind. Easy fix, let's avoid the
slow starts, yeah?
This past weekend, we road
tripped to Las Vegas to face two teams where we would try to change some things
in our warm ups that could potentially help us with our slow start issue. And
well, I would say it worked pretty well for us. After basic hitting and pattern
play to get rhythm down in our warm ups, we decided to ad feed in drilling for
certain doubles situations (whether it was two up two back, one up one back or
even all four up at net). These drills really helped us with keeping our
reflexes in tact, not to mention, it kept us light on our feet and it kept our
Once it came to our first
match against University of Arizona on Saturday, I noticed that there was huge
improvement in our doubles play. We were all so effective with hitting the
right targets and closing out at the necessary times that we looked super
sharp. Our positivity was on point as well. We ended up clinching the doubles
point which was great for our confidence going into the singles matches. We
battled some pretty tough conditions out there as well. The winds were harsh
and gusty, and Coach Jamie reiterated to us that we needed to have that in our
heads that we were going to play some "ugly" tennis. However, it was out of our
control and we needed to do our best to keep moving forward in the match and
not dwell when things were not going our way. Singles was tough for us but we
stayed strong throughout giving the Wildcats a good run for their money. Shout
out to Anna for a great win at 4. Our final score was 2-5.
Because we had an early
match time of 10am, we had most of the afternoon off. We couldn't help but
realize that the Strip happens to be in the neighborhood. You toss a ball to
serve on the UNLV courts, (where our two matches were played), and you can
catch a glimpse of the Hard Rock, Cosmopolitan, Venetian in your peripherals.
Whoa. We decided to spend most of the afternoon and early in the evening
walking around the strip, which is ridiculously entertaining. The city is truly
amazing. The amount of crazy people walking around, the dedicated addictive
gamblers and well the incredibly luxurious hotels and sites is unreal. It tires
you out to take it all in, my gosh. But it was a great little trip and a great
way to clear our heads from tennis a little bit. We had a nice team dinner at
Yardhouse, followed by some Sprinkles cupcakes and headed back early for the
night so we could gear up for our Sunday match against UNLV.
The UNLV Rebels are a
competitive team and they were a perfect match for us. All three doubles team
had super strong starts, however we slipped a little bit and the Rebels
capitalized on some of our basic errors and we had trouble closing the matches
out. The doubles point went to the Rebels, but it was super close. I am still
impressed with how well we executed certain points. Things did not really go
our way in singles and it cost us making a comeback and ending the day with a
victory. Jessica played an amazing match at 1 where she won 0 and 1. So that
was awesome. Overall, I think there were some positive takeaways from the weekend
and we will carry this with us as we continue along into season and with
conference matches right around the corner.
This coming Saturday, we are
playing CSU Fullerton on their home turf. We hope to bring back a win for the
That's all for now. GO