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The Week That Was in Lion Sports - October 9

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 visiting Toreros.

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 well also.

Midterms and Tournaments

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.

Daniel

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. 

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.



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 Sunday.

 

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 mark.

 

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.

The Lions Carry the Flag

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 sandwiches.

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 didn't complain.

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.

Good morning and good night!

Sincerely,

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.

 

The Week That Was in Lion Sports - September 24

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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.


With fierce 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.

Arguably the 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.

The volleyball 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.


In Santa 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. 

Lions Heat Up the Courts

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.

Cheers,

Daniel

This blog 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.

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