Hey there tennis fans!
and foremost, I must announce that your LMU Women's Tennis team has just jumped
into the rankings for the first time in 6 years! We have now captured the No.
72 spot, and are only moving up from here! This was great news to start off our
Spring Break, that's for sure...
Cabo was on a lot of LMU students' agendas this Spring Break, our tennis team
had other plans. I can finally cross 'hiking the Hollywood sign' off the bucket
list because that has been a long-time goal of mine ever since I moved to LA to
go to college. Than it was off to Palm Springs for the BNP Paribas Open. It was
such a blast! Who needs Cabo when we are making unforgettable memories in the
desert with the best team around?
The night we arrived, we
unexpectedly ran into tons of pro's who were playing in the tournament. It
seemed every time we would turn a corner, we would recognize someone, as if it
was just an old friend, and not the fact that we are simply star-struck tennis
fans. The adrenaline that was going through our heads at that point was through
the roof. We were casually walking off our dinner in this outdoor mall and
boom, tall, hunky tennis players galore. You can spot that tennis player's
physique from a mile away!
It was a quick trip, but jam-packed
nonetheless. Coach Jamie would get us up for an early 6:45 wake-up call so we
can have a nice breakfast and than head out to the courts for some training.
It's amazing how cold and windy the desert can be in the morning, which created
quite the obstacle playing tennis in the early hours. But hey, it's good for
we got our work done on the court, it was time to watch the pros in action!
It's amazing to see how much more inspired we become to play better after
watching the pros battle. Their athleticism and mental toughness is hard not to
notice. I think our team enjoyed watching the pro's play on the practice courts
so we could get an exclusive look to their warm-up and practice routines. And
the best part about the practice sessions is that they spend quite a bit of
time pleasing the fans with pictures and autographs. So naturally, the Lady
Lions flocked to the front of the crowd to get close to the players any chance
we got. And I must say that we got quite a few pictures with the big stars. You
can say it easily made our lives to get that 3 second pose with the top players
of the game. I think I can speak on behalf of my whole team that we would love
to make an annual trip to the BNP because it conveniently falls during our
Spring Break each year. Food for thought Jamie...
was working a lot of the time behind the scenes with Media because I landed an
internship with "Inside Tennis" magazine as a journalist. I have been working
with them since last November, and I have had the privilege of interviewing a
lot of people in the professional tennis industry who I truly admire, so that's
been an incredible honor. Specifically at the BNP, I had the opportunity to
listen into press conferences and "take in" the daily routine of what a
journalist goes through during the midst of such a great and credible
tournament like the BNP Paribas Open. My boss, Bill Simons who is the Editor
and Publisher of the magazine had faith in me to strike up a question during a
press conference. My first thoughts were, "there's no way...I would be so
nervous!" But I think eventually, I will have the guts to speak up and compose
the tournament, our coach went to Las Vegas to attend the WCC Hall of Honor
Bruch of former athletes. One of his former players was being recognized in a
huge honor. Edit Pakay was not just a star tennis player, but she also shined
in cross-country as well. As a two-sport athlete, she set the bar so incredibly
high for future athletes at LMU. She did cross-country in the fall and tennis
in the spring. Wow! As a cross-country runner, one of Pakay's biggest
accomplishments was winning the WCC Women's Cross Country Championship 5K. In
tennis, Pakay led the Lady Lions to a victory over Pepperdine to win the 2002
WCC Women's Tennis Team Championships. She also managed to post a 63-41 singles
record in her career which placed her ninth in the LMU record books for career
winning percentage. That's awesome to know that such an accomplished athlete
made her mark on the LMU grounds.
momentum of landing the No. 72 spot in the rankings has worked to our advantage
as we managed to take the "W" over Cal Poly on Sunday 5-2. I am so proud of our
team for finishing off our spring break with a solid win.
coming Saturday, we will face New Mexico at 11 AM. We would really love to see
you all out there!
Until next time!
(check out some of the pictures from our trip)
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Hey there tennis fans!
We are just
a week away from Spring Break. We can do it! It's hard to believe that we are
nearly halfway done with the semester. It has been midterm season here on
campus which has given students the excuse to walk around like zombies from
class to class. When it's time for tennis, however, we have to block out that
stress that is hitting us like a ton of bricks. At times, it is super
difficult, but with such a supporting squad that we surround ourselves with, I
think we do a great job of keeping our minds off of the cruel papers and evil
exams with our jokes, oh and of course Munchie, our pet mascot.
general is such an amazing stress reliever especially in times like these, and
we are so lucky that tennis is a part of our everyday lives. It feels so good
to get through a tough academic day and escape to the courts where we can just
forget about our studies for a while to grind out our strokes. Our daily dose
of tennis helps us carry on the rest of our day refreshed and of course, fit. We
try to maximize every minute that we're on the court because we know our
homework will come soon enough. It's part of the trade-off of being a student
athlete. We get to play the sport but we gotta put in our studies too.
A lot of my friends who are not on
athletic teams at LMU envy that we are guaranteed at least two hours of
physical activity a day. They wish they can make trips to the gym everyday, but
it's difficult to fit it in their schedules sometimes because they are involved
with a number of things. I admire that my fellow students keep themselves busy
and are so engaged with the LMU community and all the opportunities that it has
We were on
the road this past weekend against SDSU. Our No. 2 player, Tory and No. 4
player, Miya were overcoming injuries this past week so they weren't able to
compete in our match so we made a few adjustments in our line-up. Everyone who
was playing came out ready to compete and we faced some tough battles. Clau and
April had an amazing 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles. Their intensity was high
throughout the whole match; it was so great to watch their chemistry work so
well together. Kristine was happy with her win at No. 4. singles. She claims,
"I stuck with my patters and didn't get impatient." April almost walked away
with a win at the 1 spot and had unbelievable points while keeping that
'aggressive April mantra.'
In our team meeting following the
match, Coach Jamie advised us the importance of discipline and that we need to
implement it a little more not just for tennis, but it's all the factors that
contribute to our performance on the court such as getting our proper warm up
series in (band work, stretching, dynamic warm up) and drinking the appropriate
amount of fluids and staying fueled so we never lose our energy on the court.
Then we have to make sure we are drinking the U-Can shake Jamie wants us to
take, get ice wrapped if necessary and then get our foam roll on to flush out
those tight muscles. There is so much that we have to incorporate besides
playing a match, but I have learned how crucial it is to our actual performance
on the court. All of these factors are supposed to prevent us from fatigue
during our demanding in-season schedule.
This Thursday, we play Nevada-Reno
at home and we would love to see you out there on the courts at 1:30!
Until next time!
Eager and ready to play the lions softball team headed to Cathedral City to face some great competition last Thursday. Our first game against Florida started off with a lot of energy and a run in the first inning. Although we ended up taking a tough loss of 8-2 we had plenty of great at bats to get a couple of runs against the 5th ranked team in the country. Our next game against Cal State Fullerton did not go as expected. The teams energy seemed a little down from our long break in between games and ended up with another loss of 1-7.
A new day and a good nights sleep gave the team the energy and excitement we needed for our game against #14 Arizona. A run scored in the first inning gave us the confidence to play as a whole. A battle was faced throughout the entire game and we ended up with a score of 3-5. Although this was a loss it was probably one of the best games we have ever played as a team before. We hope to continue this energy and attitude for the rest of the season.
The last and final day of the tournament left us with games against Northwestern and UNLV. The Northwester game went into extra innings thanks to the home-run from Meghan Harman to keep us at a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 7th inning. The game went for 9 innings and Northwestern ended up with some timely hitting in order to have a final score of 3-7. The energy and attitude that we have been working on was apparent during the entire game. Keeping that focus brought us with a win against UNLV! Finally our hard work and great energy is paying off. We cannot wait to keep this up and show everyone the team that we can be in the future!
This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore
Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. Ray works in the LMU Sports Media
department, is a leader of the ROAR Student Section, is a former sports writer
at The Los Angeles Loyolan, and is a member of The Crimson Circle service
organization. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every
Tuesday allowing for a quick glance at the week that was in Lion Sports.
With baseball and golf beginning
play last week, spring sports are now in full swing and hoping to provide some
Lion success as the basketball teams continue to struggle towards the end of
the winter season.
The baseball team
started their season at home over the weekend with a series against the
visiting Utah Utes. After a sloppy Friday game left LMU with a 6-3 loss, the
Lions then turned the series around with stellar pitching. The Lions won 1-0 on
Saturday and 11-2 on Sunday to take the series and advance to 2-1.
The golf team had its
first tournament of the spring last week at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa
Fe, Calif. The tough course conditions left the Lions scrambling all week,
which resulted in a tenth place finish out of 12 teams. Now, LMU is currently
playing in the Folino Invite at Industry Hills Golf Club in Industry Hills,
Calif., which will finish play later this week.
After a strong 3-1
start, the women's tennis team hit a bump last weekend in Santa Barbara. A long
match with UCSB brought play into dusk and with no lights on the court, two of
the singles matches had to be decided by quick tiebreakers rather than a third
set, which led to a heartbreaking 4-3 loss for the Lions. LMU was then defeated
again the next day 6-1 by the University of Colorado.
LMU track and field
competed at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet over the weekend. The highlight
of the meet for the Lions was junior Kevin Joerger winning the 3000-meter race.
Many other lions set personal records at the meet as well.
The men's basketball
team went 0-2 on the weekend yet again, extending their losing streak to ten
games and dropping them to 1-12 in WCC play. At Pepperdine on Thursday, it
looked as if the Lions were finally going to get a win but a pair of missed
free throws by the Lions and a basket by the Waves in the final minute gave
Pepperdine the 52-50 win. At home against Saint Mary's on Saturday, the Gaels
roster was just too big and too deep to handle, defeating the Lions 61-50 in
front of the parents' weekend crowd.
The women's basketball
team only had one game last week, which was a home loss against San Diego on
Thursday. The 66-59 defeat was close, but LMU trailed the entire game. The loss
dropped the Lions to 3-9 and seventh place in the conference.
Swimming, women's water
polo, softball, and men's tennis were off last week but will return to play
Hey there tennis fans!
I hope you
all had a well rested weekend and enjoyed the weather reaching into the 80's
believe it or not. It's about time! We're so spoiled living in Southern
California sometimes. Anything in the 60's and below is freezing to us. We
can't even fathom what the harsh winters are bringing the east coasters right
Most of our
team battled little hick-ups of injuries, which prohibited them from carrying
on full practices this week. However, they properly took care of themselves in
the training room and built up each day with more hitting in order to gear up
for our big weekend of back-to back matches in Santa Barbara.
teammate Claudia, but we call her "Clau" put on a lovely upbeat Spanish
playlist for our strength workout with Nick this week. There's something about
that Spanish flavor that is so catchy sometimes. Even Nick, our strength
training coach and the most difficult to please when it comes to music, enjoyed
the little Spanish mix.
drowning our sorrows in the thought that none of our team had valentines for
Valentines Day (except for Adri who has a boyfriend who we all love and is one
of our biggest fans) our coach, Jamie, or 'Jimbo' as we prefer calling him,
gave us a glimmer of hope when he blessed our whole team with V-Day grams. It
easily made all of our days! We couldn't have asked for a better valentine! We carried
out the rest of day in high spirits and positive vibes, and then some of us
treated ourselves to some Pinkberry later where I got my first medium sized
fro-yo! I always settle for the mini, but in honor of this holiday giving me an
excuse to binge on sweets, I thought why not go up in size! Oh man it was good.
your Lady Lions faced two tough rounds of tennis in Santa Barbara this weekend.
We fell just short to UCSB 4-3 on Saturday where we seemed to have had a rather
slow start. On Sunday, we lost to Colorado State. I think our team has a lot of
energy and spirit but we sometimes channel that energy elsewhere for a little.
Winning that doubles point is so key and can really help our confidence towards
the singles matches to follow. However, we have to keep up the intensity
throughout the whole singles matches because they are not quick 8 game pro
sets, they're 2 out of 3 sets. You gotta be in it to win it the whole time
because the match doesn't end after the doubles point! There are definitely
things we all need to work on but I am confident, without a shadow of a doubt
that our team can improve and get there!
In fact, I
think we will make some improvements by this Friday against our match against
SDSU. Wish us the best of luck for the upcoming week! We hope to kick some lion
butt and do LMU proud!
Until next time!
This blog is written
by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. Ray
works in the LMU Sports Media department, is a leader of the ROAR Student
Section, is a former sports writer at The Los Angeles Loyolan, and is a member
of The Crimson Circle service organization. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics
will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance at the week that
was in Lion Sports.
As the basketball teams continue to struggle, disappoint,
and sometimes embarrass the LMU community, the fan base is beginning to look
towards the spring sports season with hopes of Lion success.
The sun is out and the grass is looking good at Page Stadium,
where the baseball team will open up its season this weekend when they host
Utah for a three-game series. Tuesday night in the batting cages, the LMU
baseball program is having its first event of the new "10th Man"
project in hopes to gain more of a fan presence in the stands at baseball games
Softball opened up their 2013 season last weekend in St.
George, Utah, where they played five games in three days in true collegiate
softball fashion. The Red Desert Classic gave LMU five games against five
opponents to kick off the year. The Lions started off strong with a 9-0 win
over Colorado St. and a 6-0 win over Weber St. The Lions also beat Utah St.
3-0, but lost games against Utah and Arkansas for a 3-2 tournament
The women's water polo team also had a big weekend, going
3-1 with three of the four games decided by two goals or less. At the UCSD
Triton Invitational, LMU opened play against the host team, #19 UC San Diego,
which ended in a bitter 8-7 loss. The Lions then went on to win the rest of
their games with big wins over Marist, CSU Bakersfield, and #10 Michigan.
Women's tennis also continued its early season hot streak
last week with a 7-0 sweep of UC Riverside at home. The Lions are now 3-1 and
undefeated at home to start the 2013 campaign. They will continue their full,
tough non-conference schedule next weekend against UC Santa Barbara and
The men's tennis team is still trying to find its rhythm
early on in the season. The Lions are in the midst of a long and exhausting
road trip, containing match after match of tough competition. This along with
three crucial injuries has resulted in a 0-6 start after falling to UC Santa
Barbara 6-1 and losing 5-2 at Cal Poly.
The women's basketball team finally got a much-needed win last
week, when they took down Santa Clara 71-50 at home last Thursday. The victory
snapped a four-game losing streak but was followed with a game against first
place Gonzaga, in which the Lions lost 70-56.
As for the men's basketball team, most of you know the
story. The Lions have displayed a fruitless offense all year and continue to
live and die by the three. And for a team that is bad at shooting threes, that
means lots of death. LMU continued to shoot terribly from the field in the
Northwest over the weekend, as the team dropped to 1-10 in WCC play after a
69-60 loss at Portland and a 74-55 loss at Gonzaga.
Hey there tennis fans!
We have a
new pet mascot, well I guess he's always been around but we might not have
noticed him as much as we do now. 'Munchie' as we like to call him, is a
squirrel that likes to show up at our practices on the stands of the stadium
courts where all of our backpacks are in hopes that we will bless its little
heart with scraps of food. To his delight, most of the food we bring to
practice or at matches is trail mix and fruit, which is essentially the diet of
a squirrel. You can only imagine the excitement that is presented on its face.
We feed him from time to time, but what we are starting to realize is that the
more we feed him, the more often he is going to return and perch up for more
snacks. We will have to do some closer monitoring especially since he has found
a way to get into some of our bags and find food. On the plus side, I think we have found our
No. 1 fan!
I was happy
to be mostly pain-free this week during my abbreviated practices on the court.
I am slowly getting back to playing, but each time I'm out there, it makes me
appreciate being healthy again. As painful as it might be to sit out for a
while and rehab, it feels amazing to get back on the court and play. I missed
it so much!
our first match sweep of the season over UC Riverside on Thursday. Our No. 2
player, Tory Parravi sat this match out to recover from a pulled muscle in her
arm so the lineup was adjusted slightly. I'm proud of my Lady Lions for taking
care of business out there. We hope to keep this winning energy and results
into next week against Santa Barbara and Colorado State. Wish us luck!
Until next time!
The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived! The kick off to softball season has started in the cold and chilly mountains of Saint George, Utah. For some of us it was a first time of seeing snow fall. And ifyou were wondering...yes we did play while it was snowing during a game tonight!
To kick off the year on Thursday, February 7, the lady lions competed against Colorado State University bringing in our first win of 9-0! Shout out to freshman Stephanie Crist for two homeruns that game as well as freshamn pitcher Sydney Gouveia for throwing a great game.
Our first game today against Weber State University started off with excitement ending in a 6-0 win! Everyone contributed and played as a team. A strong start continued in our second game of the day against the University of Utah with a 3 run lead in the first inning. Unfortunately that did not continue to the end of the game where we fell to our first loss of a score 9-3.
Eating a nice meal and getting some sleep is on our list for tonight. We cannot wait to come back strong as a team tomorrow and take more W's. Cross your fingers it is a bit warmer too!
G'day LMU tennis fans,
We are fully into the "swing" of things for this semester and have already played a number of matches. Unfortunately the results have not gone our way thus far, but that's college tennis, each person plays a critical role to the teams success. The team travelled to Iowa to play 2 teams in indoor conditions, which was a great experience. A large majority of the teams around the country play most of the year indoors due to the freezing weather, so it was fantastic being able to see the indoor facilities and experience the different atmosphere playing indoors. It was so cold one of the mornings that our coach Aaron was able to walk on river that had frozen over and Jack nearly fell flat on his backside when he didn't realize that the road had a thin layer of ice on it.
We have an exciting weekend lined up with two matches on the road. Saturday we will face Santa Barbara, and Sunday we will play Cal Poly. Both matches are going to be hard fought battles, and hopefully we can show some grit and put in a great team performance.
The team has one new member this semester with local Cris Rivera from Santa Monica joining the squad. He has been playing some great tennis and I love how he fights for every point! Keep an eye out for him this season!
Hope everyone has a great weekend. Go Lions.