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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. 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

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 for the week that was in Lion Sports. 

The open to the 2012-13 LMU men's basketball season comes at a perfect time tomorrow with midterms mostly finished and the student body at the peak of their excitement in between two Halloween weekends. But let's talk about what has already happened in the wide world of LMU sports.

Lion water polo got back on track this week when the 11th ranked men's team won both of its WWPA matches to improve to 9-2 in conference play. Friday, LMU scored the game-winning goal with nine seconds left to beat #16 UC Davis on the road. Saturday, the Lions won again on the road when they took down #19 Santa Clara 12-7.

Volleyball had a strong week as well, which began Thursday in Malibu when they took #23 Pepperdine to a fifth set before losing a close one. Pepperdine needed 32 points to win the first set and 28 to win the second set before LMU took back the third and fourth sets, which led to a close loss in the final deciding set. At home Saturday, the Lions took care of business against Gonzaga when they won 3-0 in a quick and efficient sweep.

After a strong season of races, the Lion cross country teams both took 5th place at the WCC Championship meet in Portland, Ore. Leading the men was junior Weston Strum who finished seventh overall while the women's race saw senior Sharee Shea take third overall. The Lions will compete at the NCAA West Regionals in Seattle starting on November 9.

Men's soccer had their bye week the previous week and after 12 days without a match, the team came out slow on the road against WCC leader San Diego when they fell 2-0 on Wednesday. Sunday, the Lions ended a four-match losing streak when they drew a tie against San Francisco at home. This gave the Lions their fifth point and keeps them at sixth place in the conference.

The women's soccer team also saw a streak end but unfortunately this was not a good thing. After winning three games in a row, the Lions had a tough stay in the Northwest, losing to Gonzaga 2-0 on Friday and losing to Portland 2-0 on Sunday. Remaining with nine points, the women are now tied for fifth place in the WCC.

Continuing its start to the season, the swim team had another strong showing at the Malibu Invitational over the weekend. The LMU women won two of the three distance events and won 11 out of the 14 sprint and mid-distance events.

The LMU men's golf team wrapped up their fall season last week at the Bill Cullum Invitational at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif. After three rounds of play, the Lions finished the tournament in ninth place.

The Dugout

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Since this is softball's first time blogging I would like to start this off by stating that we are not your average softball team. I think that we are actually completely opposite from average in every way possible. There is never a dull moment in our dugout. The personalities on our team allow for constant laughter wherever we go. I must say that our number one goal is to have fun and we accomplish that every day. I don't think that the freshman knew what they were getting themselves into but they seemed to have fit right in with our family. The year has started off great with our few fall games that we played. Everyone seems to play extremely well with each other! We are so excited for our season to start up in the spring. Our biggest accomplishment this year so far has been winning Midnight Madness for the second year in a row! We can thank one of our senior pitchers, Dana Waldusky, for helping us out with that one. One of our songs performed was "gangnam style" and Dana dressed up to look exactly like the guy in the music video. If you do not know what this is I suggest to google it to get a feel and a good laugh. Be sure to keep reading our blog posts as the weeks go on! You'll be sure to get the inside scoop about what goes on in the dugout. 
Check out a picture of us from Midnight Madness!! View image

I'm sitting on a plane and staring out the window, thinking to myself how beautiful life is. We are flying over Spokane, Washington and I'm looking out the tiny window at all of the trees.  If you have ever flown over the state of Washington, you know there are millions.  Well, the trees remind me of our women's volleyball team.  14 girls, 14 very different lives, 14 different talents that come together to form one goal...  14 girls that share one common bond... to play for the letters on our chest. 

Just like a plane, how important are the wings?  Very important obviously...our coaching staff  are our form of wings.  They provide us with everything we need to know.  We are not just a team at LMU we are a family....the things we have been through, the things we overcome bring us closer and closer every day.  As I sit on this cold, overcast flight, my thoughts of this upcoming weekend run through my head.  We play Gonzaga first.  Then, Saturday, we play Portland.

It is now Friday morning around 10:45 A.M. and here I am back on a plane flying to Portland, Oregon.  Last night was great! We swept the Gonzaga Bulldogs in three games!  Our team rocked it!  Now we get to add another "W" to our record.  Patiently awaiting a long easy day ahead, we fly to Portland. We have practice later this evening as we prepare for tomorrow's match against Portland. The LMU Lions are on the prowl and cannot wait to play Portland on Saturday.  I'm going to take a nap now. Don't worry... I'll keep you updated tomorrow.

Final update: It is now Saturday around 6:45 P.M.  Today has been amazing! First, we swept the Portland Pilots in three!  We spent some free time after the game eating lunch and going shopping.  We were jumping out of corners yelling the "happy birthday" song to our coach, Tom.  It was so much fun.  It is pouring down rain in Portland as we drive to the airport. Excited from the weekend, the LMU Lions are eager to get back home to LA!

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