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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

LADY LIONS BUST OUT 3 MATCHES THIS WEEK

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Hey there tennis fans!

We have openly welcomed in a new addition to the LMU Women's Tennis family, a new volunteer assistant coach Kerry.  She played tennis for ASU and should be a value asset to our squad. She has jumped in right when lots of matches are underway so she is getting to quickly learn all of our individual game styles.

Wednesday's home match against the No. 42 ranked UC Irvine was intense. After a lot of focus spent on our doubles strategies this week in practice, our hard work paid off and we successfully captured the doubles point giving us a leg up going into the singles matches. We needed this confidence because it had been a few matches or so where we have failed to win that crucial point. 

But things seemed to continue to work in our favor for the duration of the match and Kristine at 1 and Miya at 3 both won big in two tight sets. And finally, Jessica at 2 clinches the final point to give us the 4-3 victory! There was so much focus and tenacity played by all of these ladies and I couldn't have been prouder for their passionate efforts out there!

We posted a 6-1 victory over UC Riverside, which put us on a 4-0 winning streak and brought us confidence going into our Sunday match against San Diego State.

With a 6 AM wake up call and a 7 AM departure to San Diego, we were on our way. SDSU have always forced us to play on our "A' games because they have a tough roster, and are currently ranked No. 58. Putting the ranking aside, we fought a great battle! However, it just didn't go our way in the end and we lost 4-3. We clinched the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and won giving us an early lead into the match, but unfortunately we only secured two wins at singles with Reka at 5 and Ellie at 6.

Spring Break is just a week away! We don't get to escape to Cabo like the rest of LMU, because we are just entering the prime of season--conference, but we do get a couple team traveling excursions thrown in with major team bonding. Thursday, we leave for Las Vegas where we play UNLV and Utah State. When we return, we get a few days back at LMU before we depart for Indian Wells to train and watch some of the BNP Paribas Open.

 Last year, we went there and it was definitely the highlight of our season! I know I speak on behalf of the returners-Miya, Lisa, Reka, Kristine, Madison and Ana-Lucia-that we are so excited to goback again! Hopefully Federer can make it up to us this time and pose for a picture since we were literally so close last year!

We will return back to LMU on Friday just in time for our match on Saturday against Florida International to wrap up our Spring Break.

That's all for now! Go LIONS!

Logan

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Jessica clinching that win, coming in for the team hug after UC Irvine win

"FORMING" "STORMING" AND "PERFORMING"

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Hey there tennis fans!

Back to back Sunday matches means come Monday we have the day off...hallelujah. Our muscles are sore and physically and mentally we feel a little bit out of sorts. Those days we have off are key, and it is essential that we all really utilize the day to recover and rest, and perhaps catch up on some of that homework we have...and at times, easy to dismiss.

Coach Jamie reiterated the three stages of our season in our Tuesday meeting; "Forming," "Storming" and "Performing." Forming deals with situating our line-up and figuring out doubles combinations which are still being experimented but we have firmly cemented a few positions which I think will contribute to our success this season.

In the 'storming' phase, we hit some speed-bumps and what team doesn't right? But it's not about us capitalizing on what's not working out, but it's figuring out how best to deal with the situation at hand. If something is not working, how are we going to best take care of it so we can put our best efforts forward and represent our school with Lion pride and win.

Jamie brought out one of his lovely analogies that he likes to throw in to our meetings...He envisions that he drives a bus along this process we call our season, but he will only take people on board if they carry positive energy with them. Positivity is so important on how we conduct ourselves as student athletes of LMU and it definitely has an affect on our performances in matches. So as we get into more matches, Jamie wants to make sure that we check our 'negative energy' at the door and get those positive vibes going because believe it or not, it is a contagious energy and could really make a positive impact on our 2014 season.

Again it's a process, but with our two secure wins under our belts, we know what it takes to play like a team, execute and pull out a victory. Now we just have to take care of ourselves both on and off the court and that means nutrition, sleep and all that good stuff so we can come to the courts each day fresh and positive and ready to kick some lion butt!

We played Cal State Northridge on Thursday at home. We had a shot at winning the doubles point after making comebacks in two of the matches but we fell just short. Coach Jamie was disappointed with us during the 10-minute break before singles and he felt the reason why we lost the point was due to our lack of energy (low energy/negative energy) it all was not good according to him, and he assured us that we really need to pick that up going into the singles. Good thing we changed our approach for the duration of the match. We played with fire and intensity, fighting for every point.

We had key wins at 1 from Kristine who won 0 and 0 which was awesome and Jessica at 2 battled strong to come up and top and Laura at 3 as well as Reka at 4. We ended up with a final 4-3 score and I couldn't have been prouder of my crew! Securing wins this like this allows us to instill this killer and winner instinct--we know how to come back from being down and can turn it around to shift the results to our favor. Now we just need to work on starting off a little stronger so we can maintain a steady lead throughout.

We battle UC Irvine on Wednesday at home along with UC Riverside away on Friday and San Diego State on their home turf on Sunday. Another packed week for the lady lions but we are just inching our way closer and closer to conference!

Wish us luck and we hope to see you all out there!

That's all for now. GO LIONS!

Logan

PS: We finally took a team picture that we actually liked..it only took about 10 takes...

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PARALAYSIS BY ANALYSIS

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Hey there tennis fans!

This past Tuesday was our strength trainer, Nick Longo's last day pushing us in the gym. He's not the most sentimental of guys so it was no wonder when his send off wasn't as heartfelt but it was motivating and just so him. No tears shed, but deep down I know he will really miss us. We're a memorable bunch. 2-3 times of gym workouts week after week--and for me personally as well as a few other my teammates, the past three years--we are bound to form this bond with him. I know he will intimidate his next victims to no end, but they will all learn to love him like I know my team did.

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We played Long Beach away where they came in with absolutely no mercy and collectively outplayed us, however there were close matches that took place throughout the line up. In fact most of your Lady Lions walked off the court saying, "I lost, but I played really well." Happy losses are always better than a loss on its own. If you can walk away from a loss with optimism, it will surely carry over in the next matches that we play dismissing that negative energy that sometimes is difficult to avoid especially fresh out of a match.

Coach Jamie gave us a little pep talk during our practice on Saturday that definitely hit home for a lot of us. A lot of the times, we tend to over-analyze on the court whether it's from shot selection, reactions to errors or even the littlest of things. We sometimes pick out the most microscopic technical flaws when really we should just focus on the next point or game plan and not dwell on what has already happen because at that point, nothing can be done to change the past, just work to improve on the next point. He brought up this "Paralysis by Analysis" phrase which happens to be a fatal disease for an athlete in the heat of battle. These factors that tend to be overanalyzed can more often than not build up and can affect our performances out there on the court during match time. Match time, is not the time to worry whether or not our strokes are there, rather we have to use the skills we have and some aspects of our games might be working stronger than others but you have to work with what you got. I know that I am definitely not alone in relating to that, and I think Jamie did a great job of bringing this to our attention because some of us might be subconsciously 'overanalyzing' that it might be negatively affect our match results.

No lazy Sunday for us. We played our home match against CSU Fullerton. After losing the doubles point, we knew we needed to clutch at least 4 singles matches in order to get the win. Kristine rocked it at the No. 1 spot and Reka, Ellie and Julia hung tough and overcame obstacles throughout their matches to take care of business and finish with proud victories. We did what we had to do to win. Every match, Jamie puts a word on the white board in our tennis shed as something to focus on when we get into our matches. Our word was 'together' and we definitely worked together to accomplish our goals and come up on top. It was a great win overall for us and one that we will carry with us as we enter our near prime of the season.

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These three, Ellie, Julia and Reka pulled out huge wins for us on Sunday!

This week we have a match on Thursday, we play Cal State Northridge at 1:30 at home. We would love to see you all out there!

That's all for now. GO LIONS!

Logan

THERE IS NO 'I' IN TEAM

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Hey there tennis fans!

Your Lady Lions were pretty match-busy this week beginning with UCLA on Wednesday which was a tough one no doubt about it. They are a very strong team. However, it was a great match to play because it forced us to raise our level of play and compete our hearts out there to try to play our best out there and reassure this PAC-12 team that we are not going to give up without a fight!

It was my Swiss teammate's birthday this week and our team all went to dinner to celebrate on Friday before our match on Saturday. We went to C&O's which has the most amazing garlic balls you will every try in your life. By the time you're done nibbling on those tasty things, you barely have an appetite for dinner. It's just that good. All in all, we had a great time! The waiters even handed out flyers to the lyrics "That's Amore" where the whole restaurant chimed into sing at one point of the night. It's like we went to Italy for the night.

On Saturday, we faced UCSB which was a nail biter through and through mixed in with a little bad luck. It was the first match we played with the new NCAA format. This includes 6-game pro-sets instead of 8 games for doubles along with no warm up with the opponents and also no full third set for singles play. For the month of February, the NCAA has issued these new rules as a way to shorten the amount of time we are out there on the court because many times, matches drag out to nearly 5-6 hours long which can be straining especially when we have multiple matches to play in a week. During this month, these new rules will be issued as a trial so we will see how it goes for the matches coming up.

The UCSB Gauchos just came up a little more mentally strong than us in the end. After losing a super tight tiebreaker decider for the doubles point, we got ourselves in more tough situations. Laura, Reka, and Miya all went to third set deciding 10-point tiebreaks. Congrats to Laura and Reka who prevailed. Miya fell just short but put up an amazing effort at 1 singles. We lost 3-4.

Superbowl Sunday also meant our 3rd and final match of the week against Cal Poly SLO. They were a very spirited and strategically intelligent team. We barely lost the doubles point once again which is always a bummer going into singles, however it should not get the better of us and I think that is something that all of us need to figure out how to block out and think of their approach to singles as a clean start so they don't hang onto that negative energy. Shout out to Kristine and Laura for great singles wins at 3 and 4. Unfortunately those were our only wins but the other matches were extremely close give or take a few games.

Our team meeting following our match did not consist so much of breaking down individual matches, but rather an overall discussion about how important preparation is for match days. This preparation includes the breakfast we're consuming (nutrition), are we properly fueling our bodies with the right nutrients before we step on the court? Are we eating enough? Are we also mentally prepared for the match? Are other exterior factors (homework, friends, etc.)  blocked from our minds so we can just think about the match ahead? All of these factors can have an effect on our overall performances on game day. And Coach Jamie really tried to make us understand how important it is that we are all individually taking care of ourselves before the matches get underway. He reminded us, "There's no "I" in team," but there is "I" in win" and it is our individual responsibilities to do our parts.

This week, we have an away match against CSU Long Beach followed by a home match against CSU Fullerton on Sunday! Wish us luck this week!

GO LIONS!

Logan

 

LIONS TAKE AN OPENING 7-0 VICTORY OVER CONCORDIA

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Hey there tennis fans!

No messing around, the LMU Women's Tennis team is back in business! In our opening home match against Concordia this past Saturday, the Lions crushed Concordia Eagles 7-0. Sure there were first match jitters (especially for the newbies) and ancy feet, but we all came together as a team and took care of each our matches to get the win. It's a solid first victory for us and a nice way to tip off the season especially as we head into an intense week of matches to come.

We even attracted some fans to the crowds with our appealing free pizza advertising! Hey, sometimes we have to give the people what they want...and who would turn down free pizza? I think they realized it was an early Saturday afternoon worth spending when they got to watch the Lions kill it on the court in addition to the free meal.

For those of you who don't know, we just resurfaced our courts over Christmas  break so they are a little slower than what we are used ti but I think overall we are adapting to it well. In addition, we have added a tennis shed right next to the courts where we can now put all our equipment in instead of sharing a room with several other teams. The shed is a great place for all the team together prior to matches for pre-rituals as well as for other various team meetings where Coach Jamie and Ivan can utilize the white board we put in and jot down goals for the day or for that particular match etc.

I've teased that idea of putting some couches in there and throw in a flat screen, perhaps some fun lights and we can turn it into a lounge room as well. But I guess for the time being, we'll keep it to storing all of our equipment and other things needed for the team. We would eventually like to hang action shots on the walls in the shed or other pictures of motivation to get us fired up in there.  

At the end of practice on Wednesday, Coach Jamie brought us all together for a pretty startling announcement. Our strength trainer, Nick Longo, who has been here at LMU for as long as I have been a student-athlete here (3 years) is leaving the Athletics Program for a promotion at Colorado State that is certainly in an area for which he has shown a lot of passion. He has been such an awesome guy and he truly cares about each and every one of his athletes. He will push us to limits we think we never can reach and give us some major tough love, which has made us emotionally and physically stronger. He has without a doubt been one of my biggest inspirations and motivators as a coach. And we have been very lucky to have him! Although we are really going to miss him, we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Coming up this week, we have a schedule packed of 3 matches. We first face UCLA on Wednesday on their home turf, following UCSB on Saturday and finally Cal Poly SLO on Sunday both at home. It is extremely important that we take care of our bodies before and after our matches so recover fast and can bounce back into the matches to follow. We would love your support this week.

GO LIONS!

Logan

 

LMU WOMEN'S TENNIS IS BACK IN ACTION

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Hey there tennis fans!

On behalf of LMU Women's Tennis, I hope you all had an exciting and relaxing holiday season and a great start to 2014! Bring on the new year! To new beginnings, new classes, new routines and a brand new season for your lady lions! We are all aware that LA doesn't have a 'real' winter and especially this time around. It's like we are jump-starting back into school from summer vacation! I know I am not alone in saying that I am not complaining. My teammates who ventured back to the cold in Europe for the holidays were experiencing drastically different weather. I know that for sure because they have all lost their tans....rough. With this blistering heat at the prime of winter here in LA, I'd say their color will return in no time!

A 4-week break was a much-needed time away from school, but I will say by week 3, I was missing LMU, my second home, the place I have fallen so hard for since freshmen year. Knowing that I have 3 remaining semesters left of college, more than ever, I want to cherish all the memories here especially with my tennis team. After all, they are like family. We've all seen each other in the best of times as well as through the tough times. But that's what has brought us together so well in such a unique atmosphere. I'm so excited to be reunited with them all again and get the season rolling! Oh and of course we missed Coach Jamie and Ivan...those troopers who are brave to put up with all of that estrogen. We all know that is no sinch.   

It was a long first week back. We have been away from a regular routine for so long, it definitely will take a little time to get back into the swing of things again with all new classes and a new practice/game schedule. We were not completely out of routine over break, however, because Nick, our strength training coach assured that we stick to our winter workout program religiously. It's one of those workout programs that is necessary for regularity because each week alters in weights. Oh and not to mention we were immediately welcomed back to school with fitness and strength testing our first week back. I mean hey, season is officially here. We have to be proactive with maintaining healthy and strong bodies. And once we get into matches, there is no turning back; match play will be constant.

We did the split squat test, the bench press test, the vertical jump test, an agility test, and lastly, of course, our beloved beep test.... I am so proud of all my teammates efforts this past week with testing. I can definitely tell that they all worked hard over break to keep up with all their fitness. Nick's goals for us were to improve our results from our previous test results before break. With the exception of one or two tests, most if not all of my team improved their scores. That's so awesome! This puts us in a great position moving forward as we enter into our beginning matches.

We did a lot of pattern hitting so we can hit a lot of balls and feel comfortable with our strokes. And we've also been experimenting with potential doubles pairs for season. 

This coming Saturday we face Concordia in our opening match at 11 and we would love some true Lion support! Hope to see you all out there! Have a great week!

That's all for now,

Logan

Pictured below is pictures from everyone's break. 

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Miya (right) celebrating New Years

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Laura (far left) out with friends in Germany

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Kristine hanging out with Viktoria Azarenka







Madison (right) spending time at home with her sister

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Jessica with her pup

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Ana Lucia (right) hiking with her sister

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Lisa (right) and her twin sister back home in Switzerland


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Reka and her boyfriend at the Santa Monica Pier

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my brother and myself at the Rose Bowl game 


Julia showin off her new wheels

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Ellie (right) with Laura and Julia on our first weekend back

THE CONCLUSION OF FALL SEASON BRINGS BACK OUR BELOVED TESTING

Hey there tennis fans!

            We may all be wrapped up with our competitive tennis portion of our fall season, but that is not to say we don't have a little more competitive edge left in us! We have to because all the work off the court (weight lifting and fitness) is all being tested in order to see if we how much our strength and conditioning has improved throughout this preseason. First test to conquer was....the beep test...the one we look forward to the most (just kidding). Most of us were discouraged with our results, but Coach Jamie reiterated that at this point in the semester, our bodies are slightly fatigued. Surely we are not supposed to produce our best results. We have spent so many hours on the court and have competed our hearts out nearly every weekend at tournaments. Throw in spin and pilates and strength training three times a week and you can imagine after almost 4 months in, our bodies are feeling it.  

            Following the beep test on Saturday morning, we all commenced for a team meeting. Coach Jamie delivered a friendly reminder of what we should always keep in the back of our minds when we come to tennis everyday, even if it is just for an ordinary practice. We must think of our long-term goal, the ultimate goal of winning the WCC (West Coast Conference) Championship. When season rolls around in January, we have to take each match, whether it's in our conference or not, and play as if it is a critical match in our bitter competition conference of the WCC. We have 23 matches to play and we must compete in a system that is moving backwards more or less. When we get our first match win down, we think okay, now we let's win the rest that we have ahead of us. Jimbo really emphasized how optimistic of a coach that he is and he wants to train us all to be optimists as we approach our season. Confident in what we can and are capable of accomplishing if we simply just believe and set our mind to it.

            We hit the strength training gym this week for testing for bench press, squats and an assortment of others. I think this will be interesting to test because we have definitely underestimated how strong we really are. But we have definitely pleasantly surprised ourselves throughout the course of this semester session.

            On Saturday night, we put our tennis gear aside and got all dressed up for athlete formal. Last year was the first year LMU hosted an athlete formal, and it's definitely a great way to bring all the athletes together in a completely different environment than what we see of each other everyday. I love seeing how nicely people can look.  I hope they continue the tradition of this for years to come. It was definitely team bonding at its finest. The turnout was a lot more than last year too, which was great to show that each year it's improving in the number of athletes attending.

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            We're coming in the home stretch, and I know we are very excited to get a little mini break next week for Thanksgiving!

That's all for now!

Logan

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