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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
Jessica clinching that win, coming in for the team hug after UC Irvine win
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!
PS: We finally took a team picture that we actually liked..it only took about 10 takes...
Hey there tennis fans!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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,
Pictured below is pictures from everyone's break.
Miya (right) celebrating New Years
Laura (far left) out with friends in Germany
Kristine hanging out with Viktoria Azarenka
Madison (right) spending time at home with her sister
Jessica with her pup
Ana Lucia (right) hiking with her sister
Lisa (right) and her twin sister back home in Switzerland
Reka and her boyfriend at the Santa Monica Pier
my brother and myself at the Rose Bowl game
Julia showin off her new wheels
Ellie (right) with Laura and Julia on our first weekend back
Hey there tennis fans!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Hey there tennis fans!
right along into November, we are little over a month away from finishing the
semester and our fall pre-season. We know in the academic world, this means
lots of final projects, papers and tests to do. The stress load is inevitable.
Lucky for us, when it comes to school, your Lady Lions will get our work done!
Tennis has taught us so much discipline and we can definitely utilize that
discipline in our schoolwork. After all, after last season, our team finished
with the highest collaborative GPA among all the sports teams here at LMU. That
is so awesome, and people might overlook how incredibly difficult that is to
maintain good grades at a prestigious university while playing a Division I
sport. We have some smart ladies upon us, and who are all driven to accomplish
their goals in college as well as look beyond the future as far as careers go
are finishing up our last few weeks of strength training with our strength and
conditioning coach, Nick Longo. Although hesitant at first to start this brand
new workout program, I have to say that I have really learned to like it as the
weeks went on. I never thought I would be able to bench press 90 pounds. Sure
that sounds scary but Nick reaffirmed to all of us that we are strong and can
definitely handle it. And he knew to push us without leading us to injury. We
would do few reps, with spotters in sight so that we were super careful with
our weights. It's super important that the form is correct and that we are
sticking to the weights to which we have been assigned and what Nick has done a
great and meticulous job of putting together for our whole team. We're very
lucky to have him! Going on three years with that guy, and I really have
learned so much from him and he really cares about all the teams he coaches
because he believes in us and wants us to do well and compete at the highest
final tournaments took place this weekend. 3 girls competed at the Jack
Kramer's Fall Invitational, Miya, Kristine and Jessica along with our Assistant
coach, Ivan. This was a big
tournament because it welcomed the big top teams in California like UCLA,
Stanford and others. Kristine and Jessica both won their first rounds with wins
over Mississippi State and UCSB. Due to slight injuries, both girls had to pull
out of their next round. With all of the tennis they have been playing it is
likely to think somewhat of a setback of an injury might come into play. But
they have done such a superb job competing this fall and could use a little
Miya, our lone senior for
this weekend, competed in her final fall collegiate tournament, which she
admits was bittersweet. "I loved playing my last tournament at my home tennis
club," she said. As a Palos Verdes native, she admits, "It was awesome having
that home court advantage but I didn't do as well as I had hoped which was
She got a bye first round but lost a tough match against
a girl from Baylor. She had a great first round constellation win over TCU before
falling a little short in a tight 3-setter against a girl from Ohio State. "It's
crazy to think that was my last tournament ever, but I am so excited for spring
Julia, Ellie and Lisa went separately down with Coach Jamie
to San Diego to compete in the other tournament for the weekend. Ellie and
Julia were victorious in the doubles draw with a final win over CSU Northridge!
So big congrats to them!
you see any of your LMU Lady lions walking around campus, we would appreciate
some love to all our hard work this pre-season. Although we are not technically
in season, most of the tournaments we played in featured a lot of the West
Coast Conference teams so we got a taste of our competition for the upcoming
season and more.
want to give a special thanks to our coaches for being so supportive and
putting up with us on the weekends for these tournaments. It isn't easy
traveling with a bunch of girls, but our team has some goofy characters, so I
would hardly say it is ever dull being around any of us!
That's all for now! Go Lions!