Former LMU cheerleader Kristen Cirillo returns to her alma mater in 2012 as the Head Coach of the Lions' cheer squad.
Cirillo cheered for LMU from 2007-11 and served as a team captain from 2010-11. During her time in a Lion uniform, Cirillo led LMU to back-to-back fourth-place finishes in the Small Co-Ed Division at the USA Collegiate Nationals (2009 and 2010), and a second place finish in the Stunt College Division at the 2011 USA Collegiate Nationals. She was also a two-time Iggy Awards Athlete of the Year nominee.
Currently also a member of the L.A. Clippers Fan Patrol, Cirillo was the head cheer coach at Crozier Middle School from 2009-11 and served as a camp instructor and judge for the Universal Cheer Association (UCA) from 2009-11.
Cirillo graduated from LMU in 2011 with a degree in business administration - marketing and management.
Here are some "behind the scenes action" of your LMU Lions Volleyball Team.
4:30 P.M. Thursday, I am walking out of film and heading into the locker room to prep for game time. As I walk into the training room to get treatment on my hand, Betsi, Felicia, Amber, and Kat are all in the training room as well. They're always in the training room getting their bodies ready for game time.
I get all my treatment done. I take out my IPod and my headphones and just go into a different world. I'm in the locker room with everyone about 15 minutes before Warm-Up time. I put on my socks, kneepads and shoes . . . still blocked out to the world... listening to my music. Now I take a moment and look around - everyone is basically doing their own thing. Taylor is braiding other players' hair, Cait and Tara are dancing in the middle of the room (this is normalJ don't worry). Kenna is heating her shoulder; Hannah is listening to her IPod and getting in the zone. Avery, Rochelle and Sara are hanging out and putting their gear on. The girls from the training room join us before warm up.
We go out for warm up and ten minutes before game time we run back into the locker room to change into jerseys. Feeling pumped, everyone is gathered by their locker, shirts flying off and game jerseys being thrown on. As a team, we huddle around each other and do our pre-game ritual cheer (sorry but this is confidential). Now we are off, running down the halls of the gym as we stop and wait in a long hallway. Each girl starts banging the LMU beat against the wall. Before every game we do our LMU cheer against the walls of Gersten. Chanting for the three letters on our chest, we run out to the court, pumped and ready for the game.
Across the net...University of San Diego. (Okay, did you SEE their bus? Dude, they've got a nice bus!)
This was a big game for us. We played a very hard fought match against San Diego but came up short. We lost to the Toreros in 4 sets. We won game 1 with a score of 25-22. Then lost 27-25, 27-25 and 25-21. Angry and frustrated after the match, we talk about what we need to do in our next match in order to change the outcome.
After our talk and another day of practice we were put to the test again as we swept Cal State University of Bakersfield on Saturday! Awesome job Lady Lions!
We are faced with a tough week ahead. We will be tested this week as we face BYU on Thursday and St. Mary's on Saturday. We really need all our fans here on Thursday and you need to wear PINK (Not the brand...the color) It is "Dig Pink" night. Wear as much pink as you can! We want everyone in the gym to be covered in pink. Donations can be made online if you'd like to support our cause as we fight against breast cancer.
(More information can be found on the LMU volleyball website)
Both games will be played at home. Please come support the Women's Volleyball Team as we set out on our quest to make a big statement in the WCC conference.
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 for the week that was in Lion Sports.
It was another full weekend in the pool for the men's water
polo team as the 10th-ranked Lions competed at the SoCal Tournament in Santa
Barbara. On the first day, LMU fell to #7 Pepperdine before defeating #17 Santa
Clara. This Saturday split led to games against #11 UC San Diego and #9 Long
Beach St. on Sunday, two teams that had beaten the Lions earlier in the year.
Despite this, LMU took down both opponents, earning a ninth place finish and
improving to a 5-1 record in the WWPA.
The volleyball team continued to look sharp this weekend,
but were unable to finish against conference rival and 16th-ranked San Diego
Thursday. The Lions, who have beaten some top tier teams this season, took
their confidence into the home match against the Toreros. LMU won the first set
and looked as strong as ever. In the second and third sets, LMU had late leads
but could not finish as San Diego went to 27 and 28 points respectively in
order to win. San Diego finished it out in the fourth, making it a 1-3 loss for
the Lions. Saturday, the Lions took care of business quickly, defeating CSU
Bakersfield in straight sets. They are 9-6 overall and 1-2 in conference.
LMU women's soccer got back on track Sunday, earning their
first victory in three weeks. The 3-2 win over Utah Valley improved the team's
record to 6-3-2 overall. The strong preseason has the Lions feeling confident
as they head into WCC play this weekend when they play San Diego at home this
The men's soccer team opened up conference play on the road
over the weekend. The trip started off strong as the Lions had the lead for
most of the game on Friday at St. Mary's, the reigning WCC champions. However,
a late goal led to an ending result of a 2-2 tie, giving the Lions one point.
Sunday, LMU lost 1-0 to Santa Clara, sending the Lions to a 0-1-1 conference
In their second tournament of the fall, the LMU golf team
played at the Saint Mary's Invitational at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf
Course in Seaside, California. As one of the toughest courses the team will
play all season, the Lions struggled on both days, finishing in 11th place out
of 15 teams.
Both cross country teams competed in the Stanford
Invitational Saturday. In races that featured many conference opponents, the
women finished sixth out of 29 teams and first among WCC teams. The men also
ran well, finishing seventh out of 29 teams and second among WCC opponents.
Another week has
passed at LMU and the Lions are doing great. Unfortunately, some sicknesses and
injuries prevented a lot of the boys from practicing as hard as they usually do
but that couldn't hang their heads (hello, Google Translator!!).
Due to that, last Friday's travel to the Future in Irvine turned into a nice
getaway for the Australians: only Coach Brad Sceney, tennis-beau Daniel Simko,
and "the Toddfather," Todd Volmari lifted the Lions (and the Australian) flag. Both, Daniel and Todd, achieved good first
round wins before falling in their next matches. I'm sure they still enjoyed their Vegemite
The other boys treated
themselves to a nice weekend with a lot of time to study for upcoming midterms.
Busta and "Tha Horse" Nick Bjerke practiced for the upcoming tournament in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, while I was forced by the LMU physician to take a
mononucleosis test even though I assured her that there is no chance I could
ever be infected. Unfortunately, I was
wrong: my test was positive and I'm out for 4 weeks. But I'm feeling completely normal and, no
worries, I'm not contagious. I'm pointing that out particularly for guys like
"Rrrr" Robin Kiyabu, who fearfully refused to take me to Subway on his new high
speed scooter the other day! He looks like a Hells' Angel on it though, so I
Good morning and good night!
With those last words at the end of another long day with mono, I wish everyone
a fantastic week and hope you'll keep on reading the Blog when the master of
descriptive language, Daniel Simko, returns to his mind-blowing work next week.
Good luck to Nick and Busta in Oklahoma! I'm sure they'll make their opponents smash
some rackets and they'll celebrate some victories as sweet as a bite in a Chipotle
burrito (a poor try of mine to continue Daniel's fabulous fast food metaphors).
Make sure to check out our Facebook page and you'll hear from me in 2 weeks.
Felix van Kann
Have to love Monday mornings - back to classes and practice for the week. All of us are so busy, busy, busy.
Last week the women's volleyball team played on the road Thursday at St. Mary's and at home Saturday against the University of San Francisco. Thursday went really well. Lots of fans packed the gym to watch St. Mary's conference home opener. Too bad for them, we came ready to play. The Gael's, who were predicted to finish first place in conference, were swept in three by the LMU Lions! I was so proud of our team. We played together point by point and got a huge win for the program.
Using that momentum, we came home to play the University of San Francisco on Saturday. A long five game fight took place. We came up short. We lost 15-12 in the 5th game. After the loss we talked as a team and we are using that match as a lesson as we head into practice this week.
The West Coast Conference is very tough this year. In fact, three teams in our conference are ranked in the Top 25 in the AVCA rankings. Our team will have to come ready to compete and execute for every point in every match to achieve our goals. I am confident in our team that we will use our loss as a lesson as we move forward to our future conference matches. Malcolm S. Forbes says, "Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat." We will take the USF match as some motivation to work harder in practice this week to bring our best game Thursday against San Diego.
Come support the women's volleyball team Thursday at home at 7:00 pm as we continue our quest to make LMU known in the West Coast Conference.
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 for the
week that was in Lion Sports.
conference play looming, the LMU fall sports teams continued to face tough
competition over the past week as they gear up for the grueling weeks to come.
biggest win of the week for LMU came in Palo Alto Friday when the men's soccer
team defeated Stanford University 2-1 in overtime. Eric Brunter scored his
first goal of the season in regulation before Craig Nitti netted the golden
goal at the start of overtime. Continuing their weekend of matches with Bay
Area Pac-12 schools, the Lions played in Berkeley on Sunday but lost 1-0 to
Cal. LMU will head back to northern California next weekend to open WCC play at
Saint Mary's and at Santa Clara.
team opened up conference play last week when they traveled to Moraga and swept
Saint Mary's on Thursday. Then back at home on Saturday, the Lions lost a close
five-set match to San Francisco, dropping LMU to 1-1 in WCC competition. Litara
Keil was dominant throughout the weekend, recording 12 kills Thursday before
setting a career-high mark with 24 kills on Saturday.
Also going 1-1
for the weekend was the men's water polo team. Playing at #2 UCLA, the Lions
lost 16-8 on Friday night. LMU recovered quickly though and put on a show for
the home crowd the next day when they beat Pomona-Pitzer 13-7 in the team's
first home match of the season. Milutin Mitrovich led the team with six goals
over the weekend.
Clarita this weekend, both cross country teams competed in the Mustang
Challenge. Jessica Mumaugh finished seventh overall, helping the women's team
cruise to a third place team finish. Michael Duncan led the men's team,
finishing eighth overall and helping the men earn a sixth place team finish.
G'day LMU tennis fans, we hope you have had a great week!
It's been another productive week for the team, with a lot of practice and conditioning. One of the benefits of playing at college is having coaches to provide feedback on ways to improve. This week, Brad and Aaron had us doing drills to improve on some parts of our game that let us down during our matches at Costa Mesa. Last week end the majority of the team played the future at Costa Mesa, around an hour away from LMU. It was another hot weekend. So hot that even the sun was looking for some shade and two trees were fighting over a dog.
The competition was tough and Nick, Todd and myself were unable to reach the second round. Felix and Othar were or on the other hand able to win their first match. Once again they came up against some quality opponents in the second round. It's a great chance to play some tough opponents and gauge where our games are at right now. This weekend we are heading to Irvine to play another Futures Tournament. We hope to gain more valuable match toughness and fitness. It's likely that senior Jack Zapala, who I like to call the mailman (because he always delivers), will be playing his first match for the fall. Jack had wrist surgery last year, so it is awesome to see him back firing down his canon serves and hitting his volleys crispier than KFC's chicken. Felix will be back next week to let everyone know how we played! It impresses me how well he writes considering English is not his first language.
I hope everyone treats themselves to a relaxing week end, you deserve it.
is written by sophomore women's volleyball player Ashley Maxfeldt. Ashley will
be blogging throughout the year to give fans insight into the 2012 women's
volleyball team and life at LMU as a student-athlete.
Sundays. The one day of the week that the LMU Women's
volleyball team has off. Lets just say
in the eyes of an athlete, we live for Sundays.
Just got back from LAX - our second home. Back from a tournament held in South Bend, Indiana
at Notre Dame University. Mentally and
physically exhausted from the weekend we sit back and relax and appreciate the
life lessons learned this weekend. Day
one was very rough for us, we lost to the University of Kansas. Frustrated with how things went with Kansas
we had to pick up our heads and refocus for day two. Notre Dame and Xavier were our next
competitors. Our first match of day two
was against Notre Dame, a packed home court.
A team that was 4-0 at home, a team who had dancing leprechauns throwing
out hot dogs to fans, and a team looking to sweep someone else on their home
court. However all of those factors were used to our advantage. The locker room talk before the match
consisted of the team talking about how we wanted to come out with nothing to
lose, and how we wanted to make a statement and make LMU known across the
map. Coming out strong the LMU Lions swept
the first 2 sets, losing the 3rd but coming back and winning the 4th set to win
the match. Let me give you an insight on
the point that won us the match. Notre
Dame set one of their best outside hitters and Litara Keil and Hannah Tedrow
jump up to block the Notre Dame outside for the win. Once that ball hit the ground, the LMU Lions
were celebrating hard! Thirteen girls
jumping and screaming about a victory that will be one for the books. A team that never stopped fighting and gave
everything to beat a higher ranked team will come out on top. The locker room after that match was a huge
celebration of hard work and determination.
After having an hour off we were back to the grind with Xavier, another higher-ranked
team. This was another great match for
the LMU Lions, taking the reigns and beating Xavier in four sets. This weekend was a great way to end pre-season
and come into this next week ready for West Coast Conference play. Back on the road Thursday to play St. Mary's,
and eager to be back home in Gersten to play San Francisco. The Women's
volleyball team is ready for war, and ready to be heard.
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 for the week that was in Lion Sports.
Starting on the home front, the men's soccer team lost a
tough battle with No. 7 UCLA. Despite the strong defensive showing, one goal
was all the visiting Bruins needed as they earned the 1-0 victory and sent the
Lions to 1-4-1 on the year.
Four men's tennis players competed at the Costa Mesa Pro
Classic over the weekend. Sophomore Todd Volmari and junior Daniel Simko were
bounced in the first round, while sophomores Felix van Kann and Othar
Kordsachia advanced to the second round of qualifying play but no further.
At the NorCal Invitational hosted by Stanford University in
Palo Alto, Calif., the men's water polo team played four ranked teams in less
than 48 hours. They had close losses to No. 7 Pacific and No. 9 Long Beach
State, but pulled out wins against No. 18 Concordia and No. 11 UC San Diego.
The tournament split gave the Lions a 10th-place finish.
Both LMU cross country teams competed at a conference
preview race at Fernhill Park in Portland, Ore. The women ran to a second-place
finish while the men finished fourth at the site that will hold the WCC
Championships at the end of the season. Senior Sheree Shea finished with the
fastest time among WCC female runners.
The women's soccer team visited Tucson, Ariz. this weekend
for the Arizona Cats Classic. After a rough 3-0 loss to Arizona State, the
Lions slightly salvaged the trip with a 0-0 tie against the University of
Arizona, continuing to show they can play with anyone and advancing to 5-3-1
for the season.
The volleyball team kept their strong season going this
weekend at the Golden Dome Invitational at Notre Dame University in South Bend,
Ind. The Lions dropped a close match to the University of Kansas before
defeating Xavier and the hosting Fighting Irish for a 2-1 finish that was good for
The golf team opened their season at The McLaughlin
tournament hosted by St. John's at Bethpage Golf Course in Farmingdale, New
York. After three days of play at the Red Course, the Lions finished tied for
eighth out of the 16-team field. Senior Bryan Bergna placed tied for fourth
after repeatedly shooting under par.
This season, players from LMU Men's Tennis will provide weekly blog entries providing insight into men's tennis program. Check out this blog each week for new entries. Today's entry comes from sophomore Felix Van Kann:
Greetings LMU tennis fans!
It has been a busy week for the LIONS! Starting off with the first future tournaments in Claremont last Friday the boys finally got back on the California tennis courts.
Besides some sunburned faces and impressive new tan lines, the 35 degrees Celsius (whoever knows the Fahrenheit system) of the California desert were unable to harm the boys at all. "The Toddster" Todd Volmari, "Busta" Sebastian Bustamante and Nicholas Bjerke made it to the third round in the qualifying. Bjerke proofed in a spectacular way which is why his teammates call him "Tha Horse," by defeating his teammate, who was unfortunately me (Felix van Kann), in the first round in a three set match with a lot of ups and downs. Othar "Othanator" Kordsachia also couldn't make it through round one, which is why he was one of the lucky guys to experience our first 8 am work out on Saturday morning.
Due to the early daytime one of the guys didn't make it on time. Again, this guy was unfortunately me and as a result to that Nick Longo offered me a nice opportunity to watch the sunrise on a wonderful Saturday morning by sending me on a nice walk. Still, I have to say that if you're on a six miles run around campus, the school doesn't seem as beautiful as it appears with a normal heart rate.
The rest of the week we prepared for the upcoming Futures tournament in Costa Mesa, starting today, by working hard on the courts and in the gym. For his "special" way of getting ready for the tournament, new team member Othar Kordsachia was honored with a new nickname: "Chicken Pasta." It should describe his passionate love for the same named meal that lead to an unbelievable 14-day streak of cooking it. He's a machine (a German one)!
Before ending this little monologue that I'm writing down in the library right now, I have to announce that we had two birthdays in the past week: Jack, who turned a fascinating 22 years, and Nick Bjerke, aged 23 now, who is the oldest person I've seen in college tennis. (That win you had over me was your birthday gift.) Happy birthday, boys!
Time to go to bed now, we're leaving at 7:45 am to Costa Mesa. A good day to everyone and forgive me my poor writing skills. It's late, I had way too many donuts and I don't speak English. The people on our Facebook page are brilliant at it though, so take a look at it if you are interested in our results from Costa Mesa before our beloved Daniel Simko gets the chance to tell you everything about it in our upcoming blog next week.
Good night and good morning,
Felix van Kann