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Hey there tennis fans!

            My name is Logan Finnell and I am a sophomore on the LMU Women's Tennis Team. I am taking over as the blogger this semester on behalf of my team where I will update you on recent results, team adventures traveling, as well as give you an inside look into the life of a college athlete.

I hope you all had a very nice holiday season and a happy new year! 2013 is upon us. This means, a new start, new beginning, and of course, a new season for your LMU Lady Lions! It was so nice for our team to reunite during our meeting on Monday after not seeing each other for four weeks. Being away from my team for so long, makes me realize how much I miss them because we are all so incredibly close, much like a tight knit of family of 13. We are that way, because we do spend countless amount of time together on the court, in the strength training gym, in the training room, as well as in classes. So you can say that we all see each other pretty darn often. It is so nice to be surrounded by teammates who are constantly encouraging and supporting one another whether it's through competitive match situations, or when someone's trying to bounce back from an injury, or even when the strains of academia get the better of them.

This week, our focus has been directed towards getting quickly adjusted back into our regular practice routine and a new strength-training schedule. It was also the dreaded, "fitness testing" week. I unfortunately am still recovering from an achilles injury for another week so I had to miss our fitness testing and tennis practices, but I am optimistic to return shortly! We knew that the holiday season brings a lot of unhealthy eating habits and perhaps a lack of exercise, but not for us! We instead tried to create a happy medium between the two. Sure, we enjoyed our holiday treats, but we made sure to maintain a relatively good diet regiment and kept up with our workouts from Nick, our strength trainer in addition to getting out there on the court as often as we could. Everyone is looking good; yes, we've lost a little color in our skin tone due to the bitter cold temperatures that a lot of us faced returning back to our homelands over break. Not to worry though! The hot weather months are approaching, and LA never disappoints to provide us with that sunshine that we've been missing. On Saturday we took our team pictures and individual pictures for the website. You can only imagine the anxiety going on prior. "Is my hair okay?" "Should I wear it up or down?" We are girls remember, we are bound to act like this before we get in front of the camera!

This Friday will be our first non-conference match against Westmont College in Santa Barbara! So wish us luck!

Until next week!

Logan 

Ireland Earning National Attention

In his latest article, CBS Sports College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein named LMU junior guard Anthony Ireland one of the 10 best-kept secrets in college basketball.

Check out the article: CBS New York

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The Week That Was in Lion Sports

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. Ray also writes sports for the Los Angeles Loyolan and is a leader of the ROAR Student Section. 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.

After a long road trip that included a weekend in Alaska over the break, the men's basketball team finally returned home last week for two games at Gersten Pavilion. Thursday night against Long Beach St., the Lions came out firing and went up by double digits early. But a 49ers comeback ended the hard-fought match giving LMU the 73-70 loss. Saturday the Lions took on Portland St. for the annual homecoming game. A pregame tailgate and t-shirt giveaway got the LMU fan base behind their team and helped them to a 66-56 win and a 4-4 record.

The women's basketball team found similar results in their first week back after their Thanksgiving tournament. At home Wednesday, the Lions easily handled Colorado St. and won 69-52. LMU then headed across town to face UCLA on Sunday, where they lost 86-66 to the No. 19 Bruins.

The volleyball team played their first postseason match since 2005 on Friday when they went to Palo Alto to face Western Kentucky. After receiving the unexpected bid to the tournament the week before, the Lions were thrilled to extend their season. Unfortunately the No. 17 Hill Toppers (32-3) were too much to handle as they swept LMU 25-23, 25-19, 25-17.

Three LMU swimmers were invited to compete at the U.S. Winter National Championships last weekend in Austin, Texas. Senior Camille Hopp appeared in two events, the 100 breaststroke, in which she recorded a season-best time, and the 50 freestyle. Junior Rachel Dekar raced in the 100 breaststroke as well while freshman Kristen Clarno swam in the 200 intermediate medley. All three swimmers finished their preliminary race in the top 50. The event featured the top swimmers in the country, which included a number of Olympians.

 

The Week That Was in Lion Sports

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. 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.

While most students were at home celebrating Thanksgiving and relaxing over the break with their families, the basketball teams had work to do, both travelling outside the continental U.S. for holiday tournaments. But the most exciting news of the week for Lion Sports came calling Sunday afternoon when the volleyball team received a bid to the NCAA tournament.

After finishing the season on a loss at San Francisco that sent the volleyball team to a mere 8-8 record in the conference, most of the LMU community gave up on hopes of postseason play. But the NCAA saw the WCC as one of the premier conferences in the nation and invited a record-tying six teams into the 64-team field. This will be the first LMU volleyball team in the field since 2005 and first under third-year head coach Tom Black. The Lions will head back to Northern California this week for the Palo Alto regional, where they will face Western Kentucky (32-3) on Friday.

The men's basketball team went to the Last Frontier over the break for the Great Alaska shootout in Anchorage. On national television Thursday night, the Lions took on Oral Roberts. After a tight first half, ORU took control late to drop the Lions 75-66. In the consolation game Friday, LMU got back on track with an easy win over Texas State 78-63. And in the consolation final against host Alaska-Anchorage, nothing would drop for the Lions as they shot under 27 percent from the field en route to a 83-77 loss.

The women's team found a bit warmer weather than the sub-freezing temperatures in Alaska on their trip to the Bahamas for two games, but was just as cold on the floor. The Lions came out slow in their first game, shooting just 22 percent from the field in a low-scoring 55-33 loss to Iowa State Friday. LMU was able to salvage the trip in a thrilling 75-74 victory over Tulsa on Saturday in which they overcame a 20-point deficit on their way to their first road win of the year.

The Week That Was in Lion Sports

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. 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.

Fall sports are officially over for 2012 here at LMU with water polo, volleyball, and cross country wrapping things up over the weekend. The campus is starting to slow down, as students are getting ready for the much-needed five-day break to celebrate Thanksgiving before returning for the final stretch of the semester.

The men's water polo team finished their season at the WWPA Championships in Whittier, Calif. last weekend. Friday, the Lions beat Pomona-Pitzer 13-11 in the opening round. Saturday, the Lions' hopes of a conference championship were washed away in a heartbreaking 10-9 loss to #13 Air Force. In the consolation final Sunday, LMU went out with a win as they defeated #16 UC Davis 12-7 to take third place in the tournament.

Volleyball's final weekend resembled much of their season as they earned one big win and then lost a close one. The Lions entered the final round of conference games with a slight outside shot at making the NCAA tournament, giving them something to fight for. LMU opened up strong on the road, sweeping Santa Clara 3-0 on Thursday. But at San Francisco on the final day of the season, the Lions fell 3-2 in five sets. LMU will now take a few weeks off before getting ready for the sand volleyball season in the spring.

Senior Sheree Shea represented LMU at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships Saturday in Louisville, Ky. She was the lone Lion to qualify for the meet after strong performances all fall and an 11th place qualifying finish at the West Regionals in Seattle, Wash. last weekend. Shea ran the 6,000 meter event in a time of 21:23.2.

Men's basketball earned their first road win of the season in a 76-73 decision at CSU Bakersfield. The Lions jumped out to a fast start, going up 16 points early before CSUB came charging back at home. The game wasn't pretty, but the Lions will take the result and improve to 2-1. LMU is now off to Anchorage, Ak. for the Great Alaska Shootout, where they will play three games over the Thanksgiving weekend. 

Women's basketball got its first two wins of the season in the first two home games of the year last week. On Thursday, the Lions beat visiting Long Beach St. 58-52 and Saturday, the team put up 98 points in a 17-point win over Utah St. The 98 points is the most scored by the Lions since 2007 and the third most in program history.

The LMU swimming team had a big weekend at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., sending multiple swimmers to event finals on each day in a very competitive field. Freshman Kristin Clarno set the LMU record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.98. LMU's 200 medley relay team also broke a school record over the weekend with a time of 1:44.23. Many Lions also set season and career personal records. 

The Week That Was in Lion Sports

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. 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.

The heart and soul of LMU athletics in back with basketball season underway all across the country.

Friday night in front of a packed home student section, the LMU men's team put on a show, destroying Pacifica 108-49 with stat padding and slam-dunks abound. The 108 points was more than an LMU team had scored in two decades. In the Lions' first real test at SMU on Sunday, that offense was nowhere to be found as the Lions lost 73-58.

The women's basketball team opened up their season on a road trip throughout the Southwest this weekend. The Lions fell 79-51 at UTEP on Saturday in the first regular season game for new head coach Charity Elliott. LMU will look to salvage the trip tonight when the take on New Mexico St.

In their final weekend of play, the men's soccer team ended their season in style on a five game unbeaten streak. Friday, the Lions drew a 0-0 tie against Santa Clara who finished second in the WCC. In their final game on Sunday, LMU beat Saint Mary's 4-2 in a heated shootout, ending the year at 4-5-3 and tied for fifth in the WCC.

Volleyball also had a strong weekend, grinding out two key wins. The Lions beat No. 24 Pepperdine 3-1 in the final home match of the year to improve to 7-7 in conference play. In a non-WCC game Saturday, the Lions came back from down two sets to win in five on the road at Cal State Northridge.

Men's water polo went on the road last Thursday to end regular season play at Cal Baptist. The Lions barely came out on top 8-7, making it four wins in a row with three of those being decided by a single goal. The Lions are now 15-9 overall, heading into the WWPA Championships this week 

Both cross country teams competed in the NCAA West Regionals in Seattle, Wash. over the weekend. 10 of 14 LMU runners set personal records at the meet, with senior Sheree Shea finishing in 11th place and qualifying for the NCAA National Championships next Saturday.

Both tennis teams wrapped up their fall schedules this weekend with the men at the SoCal Intercollegiates hosted by UCLA and the women at the Jack Kramer Invitational in Palos Verdes, Calif. Both teams sent a handful of players to their respective events and are now off until January when their main spring seasons will begin. 

Across the Net with Daniel Simko

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Howdy y'all LMU tennis fans,

I recently attended 4 day NCAA leadership forum in Dallas. I was surprised at the lack of cowboys floating about, but managed to speak to a few, which I enjoyed alot.  Dallas was a super cool city and I had a great experience over the 4 days! This week I have felt right at home with the weather been 30 degrees Celsius (90) one day and 19 (67) raining the next, reminding me of Melbourne, which is guilty of having all 4 seasons in the one day. I love when in rains in LA! It sends its citizens into a panic. A light shower is enough to ensure every person wears bright colored gumboots (not acceptable unless under the age of 10 in Oz) and rocks stylish umbrellas. Today the rain definitely was not our friend. We are currently playing the "So Cal" intercollegiate tournament at UCLA, and were washed out.  Tomorrow Othar, nick northcott, Felix(the cat) and myself will be in action and will hopefully wash away the smiles from our opponents face! I would like to give a special mention to my old room mate Tyler Gottshal, who is always excited to read about the lions action!

Enjoy folks,

Daniel

The Dugout

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As fall passes by and winter approaches one thing that has not changed for the softball team has been 6AM weights. For the last four years the words "6AM weights" has seemed to haunt us all. The mornings of weights have a few rules that the whole team has implemented into their morning regimen:
1. Wake up ten minuets before you have to be at weights
2. Sleep in your clothes you are going to workout in the night before therefore you have a few more minuets to sleep
3. No time for eating before hand...that would take precious sleep time away
4. Sprint to your car because you only have five minuets left before you get there
5. Sprint from your dorm room and struggle to run down the stairs in fear of being late
6. Finally arrive to weights and walk in looking like a zombie

EVERYONES WORST FEAR..getting the call that you are late to weights! 
Worst feeling EVER.





The Week That Was in Lion Sports

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. 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.

With winter sports slowly coming into full swing, a number of LMU fall teams are fighting for position as they wrap up their seasons.


The women's basketball team opened up their season last week with a big 88-58 win over The Master's College in an exhibition game. With new head coach Charity Elliott, the Lions are looking to get back on top after finishing in a tie for last place in the 2011-2012 season.


After five straight matches without a win, the men's soccer team got on a roll this weekend in the Northwest with a 2-1 win over Portland and a 3-1 win over Gonzaga. This marks the team's first win streak of the year and puts them tied for fifth place in the WCC with a respectable 11 points.


Women's soccer went down admirably on home turf in their final game of the season against No. 4 BYU. Playing as tough as ever in hopes of seeking an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, the Lions stayed with the now 18-1-1 Cougars for over 100 minutes before BYU came away with the 1-0 win in 2OT. LMU finished 3-5-0 in conference and 9-8-2 under first year head coach Michelle Meyers.


The Volleyball team split the weekend once again with a sweep of Portland at home Thursday before getting swept themselves at BYU on Saturday. At 6-7 in conference play, the Lions move to sixth place in the WCC, which now has four nationally ranked teams. 


Saturday seemed quite familiar for the men's water polo team. In their final home match of the year, the Lions were barely able to extend their win streak to three games with a victory over No. 13 Air Force. After blowing a big fourth quarter lead, LMU took it back with a game-winning goal in the final minute to win 9-8, just as they did the previous weekend against UC Davis. With one game left on the schedule, the Lions are now 10-2 in the WWPA. 


In their first double-dual meet of the season, the women's swim team hosted the University of Dan Diego and UC Davis Saturday morning. LMU defeated USD 154-108 but it was UC Davis that dominated both LMU and USD to win the day. The Lions only won four events, which included two by senior Camille Hopp, one from freshman Kristen Brennand, and a win in the 400 freestyle relay by the team of Hopp, sophomore Kjirsten Magnuson, senior Sophie Allen, and freshman Kristen Clarno.

Across the Net with Felix Van Kann

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Hello LMU tennis fans!

Sorry for the delay, it has been a busy week for everyone at LMU. Regionals took place last weekend at Irvine and the Lions were able to get some good wins over tough opponents. Nick Northcott and Busta both made it to the second round, while Nick "that horse" Bjerke made it to the round of 16 in singles. The best result though, the Lions achieved in doubles: while Dan Simko and Nick Northcott lost their second round match, our Number 1 doubles reached the semi- finale! Congrats to Nick Bjerke and Busta! That's a really good effort and makes us all feel better about the next season's doubles points.

I finally returned to the courts last week. In an intensive 15- minute session Robin Kiyabu and I got into a hard battle for the contest of the most unfit tennis player of all time. I probably won because I was already sore the next day. It's a long way back but it's getting better quickly I hope.

Next week the boys will play the So Cal Intercollegiates at UCLA which will be the last tournament in the Fall Semester. I probably won't be able to play yet but for sure we'll get some good results! Until then we'll get ready for Halloween on Wednesday. Daniel Simko will be back with the Blog next week to tell you some stories about all of that. Let's go, Lions!!

Sincerely,

Felix

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