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.
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.
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.
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 givingLMU the overall victory but I was still so impressed with the fight from my teammates. We are in every match we play we never give up. And at the end of the day, that is all you can ask for in a player.