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!!
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
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
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!
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.
Friday, one of the biggest nights every year in Lion
Athletics occurred when LMU held its annual Madness at Midnight event. The
night got fans excited for the upcoming basketball season, introducing everyone
to the players of both the men's and women's teams. Players from both teams
competed in a free throw contest, a three-point contest, as well as a dunk
contest for some of the men. Along with showcasing the basketball talent,
Madness was also an opportunity for the student body to see all of the school's
Division I sports teams on display through dance competitions, which the
softball team won. The night included food trucks and giveaways for students as
The women's soccer team had a huge weekend, earning six
points through two conference victories. On Friday in Malibu, LMU destroyed
then ranked #15 Pepperdine 3-0 getting all three goals in the first eleven
minutes of play. Then at home Sunday, the Lions defeated San Francisco 1-0
after scoring 11 seconds into the first overtime period.
LMU Volleyball had an impressive weekend, also getting two
much-needed wins. In the Northwest for the weekend, the Lions improved to 5-1
on the road this season as they swept Gonzaga Thursday and beat Portland in
straight sets as well on Saturday.
An injury-filled men's water polo team continued to sink
over the weekend, losing to two conference rivals. The #9 Lions had been on a
roll with a seven-game winning streak before a series of setbacks led the Lions
to drop matches to #1 USC a week ago and to #10 Long Beach St. and to #11 UC
San Diego over the weekend.
In the final race before the WCC Championships, the men's
and women's cross country teams sent four runners a piece to tune up at the
Titan Invitational in Fullerton. The Lions did not have enough runners for the
teams to place but will be in full force at the conference championship meet in
Portland next weekend.
The men's tennis team competed at the ITA Regional
tournament in Irvine over the weekend. Four Lions competed in singles and
doubles events with the #7 seeded duo of Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian
Bustamante still alive in the doubles semifinals. In singles, Bjerke also
advanced to the round of 16.
The women's tennis team was in San Diego for their ITA
Regional tournament. April Bisharat and Reka Rohonyl both advanced to the round
of 32 in singles competition while Kristine Kouyoumjian made it to the
semifinals in the consolation bracket before the final two rounds were rained
The men's golf
team went abroad last week for the Cabo Collegiate tournament in Cabo San
Lucas, Mexico. What was meant to be a three round event turned into only 18
holes of competition as day two could not be finished and day three never began
due to rainy conditions. Tyler Torano's 72 was good for a tie for second place in
the tournament with his back nine score of 33 good for the best nine-hole score
in the event. The team finished in ninth place.
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.
Two weeks away from the WCC Championships, the LMU cross
country teams continued to look fast over the weekend. Amongst a strong field
at the Chile Pepper Festival race in Fayetteville, Ark., the women's team
finished in fifth place and the men's team received fourth place.
After seven consecutive wins, the ninth-ranked men's water
polo team was put to the test Saturday against #1 USC. The big home crowd
helped the Lions to a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period but the talent
and depth of the visiting Trojans proved too much to handle as the Lions
eventually lost 13-6.
The volleyball team got back on track Thursday with a win in
straight sets over visiting Santa Clara. After six straight home matches, the
Lions then started their stretch of two weeks of road games. On Saturday, LMU
fell to #13 San Diego in three games. The weekend split sent LMU to 2-5 in the
Considering they played against a team that had not lost the
previous eight games in #18 Santa Clara, the women's soccer team performed
quite well over the weekend. On the road against the Broncos, LMU barely lost
1-0 as a late goal held up for the home team despite more shots on goal and
corner kicks by the Lions. Then at home Sunday, the team picked up its first
conference win against Saint Mary's in an offense-heavy 3-2 match.
Continuing to struggle, the men's soccer team lost another
pair of games during the week. After jumping to an early lead Wednesday against
visiting San Diego, the Lions could not hang on and eventually lost 2-1 in the
two overtime periods. At San Francisco on Friday, some defensive mishaps led to
two USF goals, sending the Lions to an unexpected 1-4-1 start in WCC play. The
Lions will receive a much needed bye week now before returning to play in San
Diego on October 24.
The women's tennis team played well on the road when they traveled
to Tennessee last week for the Memphis Invitational. On Friday, all six Lions
won their singles matches against opponents from UT Martin but lost 1-2 in
doubles matches against the University of Memphis. Saturday, LMU went 2-4 in
singles matches against Memphis and swept Drake in three doubles matches. And on Sunday, the Lions went 5-1 in
singles matches against Drake to wrap up a successful weekend.
In their first competitions of the year, the women's swim
team came out to a fast start as they earned a share of first place in the PCSC
Relays Saturday and dominated the PCSC Pentathlon Sunday, which were both held
at Biola University in La Mirada. Calif.
It was another heavy week for most of the Lions.
It's still Midterm time at LMU and there
is not much time for anything other than practice, studying and sleeping (or
studying and double-sleeping for those among us who have mono). Still, Othar, Jack, Dan and Nick Northcott
traveled to the pre-regionals at UC Irvine on the weekend to represent the
Lions and got some good wins to boost their confidences for the upcoming
We had no school today thanks to something called Autumn Day. If anyone knows
what that actually is, please let us know. That leads me to another holiday we,
as mostly international students, can't really relate to. Even though it is
still a long time to go, Americans start to get crazy about Halloween, while we
truly ask ourselves what the hell it is that makes Americans excited about
wearing a costume and scaring each other. It's funny though. Yesterday, when I
went to Ralphs with my amazing new high-tech bike at night, on my mind: only
the innocent question if I'll take low fat or 2% fat milk, I was suddenly
surprised by a ginormous plastic dragon that was sitting in a garden and
frankly scared me as hell. It looked pretty real and it was dark, so nothing to
be ashamed of!
I'm writing this text over the ongoing annoying noise of the fire alarm
(Go Lions!), just to get you informed by time and now it's time for me to take
another mono-nap. I hope everyone is doing fine and that you're excited for
Daniel Simko's Blog next week, who, as I can proudly declare, fully recovered
from his relentless pursuit with the fly on his computer screen (read last week's
blog, if you wonder what I'm talking about).
Good morning and good night,
Felix van Kann
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 ninth-ranked LMU men's water polo team won all four
games at the Claremont Convergence tournament last weekend, extending its
winning streak to a season-best of seven games. The tournament was a brief
break from the tough schedule of ranked teams the Lions have been playing and was
also a way to build confidence and momentum heading into a match with #1 USC at
home this Saturday.
The men's soccer team split its first home weekend of
conference games. Friday, the Lions defeated Gonzaga University 2-1 (2OT),
giving the team three points and its first conference win. Against the
University of Portland on Sunday, the Lions got out to an early lead but the
visiting Pilots kept plugging away before coming away with a 2-1 win.
After a successful fall preseason, the women's soccer team
opened up WCC play at home against the University of San Diego on Sunday. The
Lions dominated the shot count at 15-5 but the only shot that mattered was San
Diego's goal in the 64th minute, which led to a 1-0 loss to the
Last week, the volleyball team continued its theme of
getting hot early but failing to finish. Thursday, the Lions came out firing
against visiting #16 BYU. But after winning the first two sets, BYU came out of
the locker room determined, fighting back to win the next three sets and
leaving with the victory. Saturday, LMU hosted Saint Mary's, a team the Lions
defeated 3-0 in Moraga two weeks prior. However, the Lions could not do it
again as the visiting Gaels won the match in four sets, dropping the Lions to a
disappointing 1-4 conference record.
Both cross country teams continued their strong showings and
fast finishes over the weekend. At the 20th annual UC San Diego
Triton Invitational, the women got their second team victory of the season,
while the men received an impressive second place finish.
The women's tennis team had a very successful opening
weekend as they competed at the Cal State Fullerton Fall Intercollegiate
tournament for their first event of the fall. LMU sophomore Tory Parravi won
the tournament for the top flight singles competition, with other Lions playing
Greetings LMU tennis fans,
It was midterms this week at LMU and a lot of studying has taken place. On Wednesday night I realized I had been studying too much when a fly landed on my screen and I made the error of trying to scare it with my mouse. It was at this moment, I realized my night was done. On the tennis front, Sebastian and Nicholas traveled to Tulsa this week to compete in the All Americans. It was a great chance for them to play against the best college players across the country and I'm sure the experience will help them a lot for the upcoming season. This week end Nick Northcott, Othar, Jack and I are playing the pre regional's down at Irvine. Each day we are guaranteed at least two matches, which will give us a chance to work on our games. Today as a team we went 5-1, which was a pleasing result, and gives us confidence going into the last 2 days. Unfortunately I managed to make the same mistake as my good friend Felix (the cat) did a few weeks back. I was late to arrive at the bus after missing my alarm. I am looking forward to the run that awaits me, but hey such is life. Felix (the cat) will be sure to give everyone a "pur"fect run down of how the week end finished up. Go Lions Rawwwwwwrrrr
Until next time.
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.