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DALLAS UP NEXT FOR LADY LIONS

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Hey there Lion fans!

Four of your Lady Lions got back from regionals this past Saturday. We had some tough matches out there against some tough schools, but we got some really great matches in to prepare us for the spring.

This week we have a full training week Monday through Saturday! This is one of our last full training weeks this season. It's so crazy how fast it goes by, but I know everyone is really looking forward to the spring. Fall is such a good preparation for our season in the spring, but it is really a grind. Playing tournament after tournament along with full training and practices in between is tough. I can really see how strong we are getting physically and mentally from this fall season. It's really exciting to see in preparation for the season.

 Something I've really noticed the past few weeks is our team chemistry with each other and the coaches. Everyday we are becoming more and more of a team and the chemistry between all of us is something you don't see often. Good team chemistry is something that is also very important when we compete in season, and knowing we're getting that now in the fall will only make us stronger for the spring.

We only have two tournaments left believe it or not! Next weekend we have our big trip of the fall season to Dallas, Texas to play a tournament at Southern Methodist University. Everyone is really excited to travel as a team and play some new opponents. It will really be good experience for us and a new experience for our newbies on the team! I know we're going to compete well and show other schools what we're capable of!

That's all for now tennis fans!

GO LIONS

Jessica

REGIONALS UP NEXT FOR THE LADY LIONS

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 Hey there tennis fans!

Your Lady Lions had some tough matches this past weekend in the Cal State Long Beach tournament. We all took home a win on the first day, but faced some tough matches the second day. One of our freshman, Vony got to the semifinals and lost a tight match against the University of San Diego. Shout out to her for competing so well! I was able to make it to the finals again, but lost a close one in the finals to Cal State Long Beach. Overall, all four of us competed hard this weekend.

We have this weekend off from tournaments, but that means a full week of training! We have regionals next week which is one of the biggest tournaments of the fall season. We're really focusing and practicing hard this week, so we can compete hard against the tough schools we're going to face. We've been doing a lot of drills this week to work on consistency. Agustin has pointed out to us that consistency is a little bit of a weak spot on our team. We've been doing a variety of drills to help us keep every ball in and run every ball down. Agustin and Katie always emphasize to us to run every ball down and do whatever it takes to stay in the point. Even though sometimes we may lose the point because the opponent played a tough point, but that's okay because we want the opponent to have to play to beat us. If we constantly stay in the point and show our opponents we're going to run every ball down, it will most likely make them miss first. This also shows we're always in the match, and we're never going to give the opponent anything. This type of mindset for the tournament this weekend is going to help us compete hard against these tough schools.

I can already see this mindset taking place in practice this week, and it's really motivating to see. If we keep this intensity and mindset up and maybe even increase it a little bit, we can really do some damage at regionals next week!

I'll be putting up another blog during the tournament next week for an update!

GO LIONS

Jessica

LADY LIONS BACK AT IT THIS WEEKEND

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Hey there tennis fans!

Your Lady Lions had a pretty successful first tournament last weekend! Our freshman from Argentina won her first match as a Lion last Friday in a tough three setter. She unfortunately fell short the next round losing to a tough player from University of San Diego in another tough three set match. Congrats to Cami her for winning her first match as a Lion and for competing so hard. Our junior, Anna fell short in her first round losing to a tough player from San Diego State, but bounced right back and won the consolation draw! Big congrats to her as well! Our other freshman, Vony played a tough first match losing in a tight three setter to a girl from Cal State Northridge. As for me, I had a good tournament and won my bracket in singles. It was a pretty good start for your Lady Lions!

This weekend we're back to competing again! Unfortunately, we have a few teammates with some injuries that's preventing them from competing this weekend. However, they are on the road to recovery and will bounce back in no time! With that being said, the same four players will be competing in the Cal State Long Beach tournament this weekend. With a tournament under our belt, I know we will be competing even harder this weekend. We will be playing a few more matches this weekend than last weekend, so it'll definitely be a bit more of a challenge.  Agustin always tells us to fight for every ball in practice and matches because it will only make us that much tougher when we compete in the spring. With the way we've been training and practicing, I know we'll be able to battle through any match this weekend.

That's all for now!

GO LIONS

Jessica