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BIG LAST WIN OF THE SEASON!

Hey there tennis fans!

It's been a long road! Your lady lions have been through a whirl-wind of a season. Emotions have been run high and blood, sweat and tears has been put into every practice and match we have had all year long. It's a true testament to the tremendous tenacity each and every player has each and every day we hit the court.

We finished up our last two matches on the road....literally a road trip as in, we drove. We drove up to Northern California for our match against St. Mary's followed by a Stockton trip a little farther north to play University of Pacific. The heat was brutal. St. Mary's was our first opponent and they were tough. The match didn't go our way but Jessica had a solid win at 1 singles.

Pacific was next and our final match of the regular season before the conference tournament. We literally left it all on the court. The match was close throughout. There were two hugely important matches in the end that ultimately determined the overall outcome of the match. Both Anna and Julia were initially down in their matches at no. 3 and 6 singles, but that fire in them that I admire so much kept them grinding away and they both made huge comebacks so we could ultimately secure those matches and clinch the victory 4-3 over Pacific! It was amazing and such an awesome way to end the regular season.

Coach Jamie was so proud of us and he texted us after we traveled back home after the long trip to let us know how proud he was of us and it made us feel so great. Of course we work so hard to achieve our own satisfaction of winning but we also do it for our team and for our coaches who sacrifice and incredible amount of time and effort to helping us be the best version of ourselves not only on the tennis court but off as well. It is the biggest treat for a coach to see his players utilize the skills we have been taught from our rigorous hours on the court. We're making him proud!

This is what he texted us after the big win: "Everyone, I want you to know that yesterday's match was a monumental team effort. It was one of the best experiences that I had the pleasure of experiencing as a coach. Thank you for the privilege of sharing it with me!" Jamie

Okay, I would be lying if I said I didn't get a little teary-eyed. This is exactly what we need to hear as we head into the conference tournament this coming week. On Tuesday, we head down to San Diego to play at the infamous Barnes Tennis Center for the tournament. Our first round match is "to be determined" but we more than ever, the lady lions are hungry to battle our hearts off for one last time. If you see any of us around campus this week, wish us good luck and we hope to make you all proud and bring home the championship!

That's all for now. GO LIONS!

Logan

SENIOR DAY

Hey there tennis fans!

We wrapped up our final home matches of the season with Pepperdine on Thursday and Portland on Saturday. Our doubles looked so strong and we almost snuck the point away from Pepperdine. I was so impressed and we had great momentum going into singles play.

The No. 16th ranked Pepperdine is a long time rival and always puts forth a solid squad but like all of the matches we play, we were right in there the whole time. Special shout out to Jess at 1 for her huge singles win. That was a huge win for her! Unfortunately that was the only win we got in the match, but this match in particular was a prime example of the final score on paper does not reflect the performances out there in the slightest.

Our next match up was against the No. 48th ranked Portland Pilots on Saturday. That was also Senior Day since we acknowledged that was our very last home match of our college careers. We recognized the five individuals who have been a member of the team since freshmen year. And I know every individual out there brought out their fiercest inner lion to make the seniors proud. Portland is once again a very tough team as every single team in our conference. We had such clutch singles wins from Anna and Kristine at 3 and 4. They were ultimate tenacious battlers and I know those were great wins for their confidences.

Followed by the match, some fans, friends, and family joined our team in a conference room for a little ceremony to honor the seniors for Senior Day. I did not have the intent that I was going to cry, but the minute we sat down to start the ceremony, the tears started shedding. We hadn't even started yet! Needless to say, I was an emotional wreck. And they were contagious! My fellow team captain, Lisa's eyes started to water and then some of our teammates as well. Oh gosh. It did not make it easy to get through that ceremony. 

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Coach Jamie talked about all five of us seniors individually including Ana Lucia, Madison, Kristine (who will be tennis eligible for one more year), Lisa and myself. Jamie shared a quote for each of us for which he thought would be an accurate depiction of us. And they were. It was really sweet but very emotional. It really hit me how enormous an impact the tennis team has been on my college years. Those strenuous practices 6 days a week, the cross training, the meetings, the matches, the team bonding....what an incredible ride it's been! But I would not change any bit of it for the world. I don't want to get too sappy yet as the season is not completely over and I don't want to start tearing up again as I am writing this. To be continued...

This coming week, we finish up our last two matches on the road with St. Mary's followed by University of Pacific. Here it is! The final two before the big Conference tournament. So let's keep the positive vibes going the Lion way and wish us luck for the last leg of the season!

That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan

 

Hey there tennis fans!

            I am sorry that I did not post last week. I have decided to combine this week's blog with last week's as it was our Spring Break. Although us student athletes who have spring sports don't have much of a "spring break" because we are in the very height of our seasons. That is just the nature of being a collegiate student athlete. Our will power is ultimately put to the test with our most competitive foot forward as we carry on through the remainder of the season.  It definitely helps to not have to attend classes during this "spring break" though. Actually, thank goodness we don't have to...We had three matchs  upon us, two of which would be home games.

            We began our spring break with a tough match against USD. The Torreros had a pretty similar record thus far this season so we knew it would be a close one. And a close one it was indeed. Doubles gave us a little trouble. Even though we all possess awesome doubles knowledge, we still battle some execution problems that sometime we cannot afford to give up when doubles match are so incredibly quick. Doubles did hurt us, but each singles match was fought so well from us that it could have been anyone's match. The outcome did not go our way and it left us at 2-5 loss, but once again this loss was not due to a lack of talent. It was simply USD staying a little more mentally tough until the bitter end. They just wanted it a little more than we did.

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            Referring to the above quote, (Coach Jamie's of course) "You can't outplay your self belief. Building belief is your secret weapon." Before we can focus on results, we must have belief in ourselves. Having self-belief is essentially a foundation for success. They go together in a sense. 

How can you expect to be successful when you don't even have faith in yourself? With this said, self-belief is a key ingredient, ergo our secret weapon to see the results we want to on the court. We need to keep up the encouragement amongst the team in order for us to be reminded how truly amazing each and everyone os us and that anyone can beat anyone any day of the week. The sky's the limit!

            Our next opponent: Santa Clara on Thursday. Our doubles didn't give us a chance to start strong but our singles matches were super well fought from 1-6. And every single match was incredibly close until the bitter end. 

That brutal 3-4 loss struck again. And as easy as it is to dwell on a loss especially as close as that one, we had to hang our heads high for the next one. Any negative energy carried on from a loss can really affect the next match. This is because as tennis players, we realize how much of a mental challenge it is. Have you ever heard the quote, "tennis is 90% mental and 10% physical?" Odd to think about initially but when you think about how much the sport gets to your head. 

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When you miss an easy approach shot going to net, it's hard not to get mad at yourself and erase it from your mind entirely when you are given a 30 second break before the next point. Or how about the instance when you are up 4-3, Deuce (because we don't play add's in the new format).

 If you think too hard about it, you can lose the point and bring it back to 4-4 or if you play fiercely, you can win that game and put yourself in good position to win the set with a 5-3 lead. Minds are crazy and they are racing constantly. And we are only human, but we can control our minds to the best that we can.

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This past Saturday (on Easter-eve) we played USF. This match was no different than our battles against USD and Santa Clara. These players are just as hungry and feisty and competitive as the girls before. And never in my mind do I doubt that we aren't ready. The matches against USF were tight until that very last match on. 

Special shout out to Kristine for her clutch win at 4 after facing some obstacles throughout the match. The ending match score did not end up giving 

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That's all for now! GO LIONS!

Logan