ATHLETICS | The men’s water polo team and the women’s volleyball team each had a perfect week, picking up a total of five wins between the two. The men’s water polo team went 3-0 last week, completing a perfect 6-0 mark at Burns Aquatics Center this year. LMU opened the week with a home conference win against Cal Baptist, then followed that with a road WWPA win at Concordia. The Lions wrapped up their home schedule with a non-conference win over Princeton on senior day, and now shift focus back to the WWPA as they travel north to face conference leaders UC Davis on Thursday then Santa Clara on Saturday.
The volleyball team took care of business at Gersten Pavilion this week with a pair of home wins over WCC opponents. The Lions started the week with a 3-1 win over San Francisco on Thursday, exploding for five aces in the clinching fifth set. LMU mounted a comeback on Saturday, erasing a 2-0 deficit to come back and beat Santa Clara in five sets. The two results were led by senior Sara Kovac and her 45 kills over the week. Her play earned her WCC Player of the Week recognition, her first time earning the award. The Lions now take the win streak on the road for two games, playing at Pacific on Thursday and at St. Mary’s on Saturday.
The swim week started with Keara Riley earning Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Athlete of the Week after her victory in the 1,650 freestyle. LMU competed in the WCC Challenge over the weekend, facing San Diego and Pepperdine in San Diego. The highlight of the challenge was Friday’s 123-113 win over Pepperdine, headlined by victories by Isabel Willis in the 200 freestyle and Abby Chopp in the 200 backstroke.
WCC championships were held over the weekend for men’s and women’s cross-country. The LMU women’s team placed fourth of 10, led by All-WCC second team performer Maddie Vorgitch. On the men’s side, LMU placed sixth in the league.
The golf team is currently competing in Hawaii at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. The Lions are one of 20 teams competing in the Princeville Makai Golf Club this weekend. The final round will be played on Tuesday.
It’s senior day at Sullivan Field on Saturday and the women’s soccer team returns home for the final time this season to take on BYU. LMU will honor the senior class prior to the 6 p.m. game.
The men’s soccer team is home for one this week as well. The Lions host San Diego at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sullivan Field.
Basketball season is upon us. The women’s team plays their exhibition opener on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion. Then Nov. 6 marks the true season openers for both teams, with the men hosting Westcliff at 5 p.m. and the women’s team following against UCLA, a top-10 team from a season ago, at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the UCLA game, LMU will be hosting a networking happy hour where WISE LA members and students interested in the business of sports can connect. LMU will also be honoring LMU alumnae and current WISE LA President, Sarah Musgrove with the Woman’s Leadership Award during the game half time. This award recognizes Sarah for her commitment to the community and service to women in the business of sports. Register for the networking happy hour here.
With the 2019 season just a few months away, LMU athletics has announced that baseball season tickets are now on sale. The Lions have reached the WCC championship tournament in four of the last five years, and are looking forward to another stellar season on the diamond. New ticket plans start at $49 for a general admission season ticket, while reserved season tickets can be purchased for $99. Reserved season tickets behind home plate include a nameplate on your chair identifying your seat(s), while any season ticket purchase will come with a season ticket holder gift that can be picked up at the first game on Friday, Feb. 22.
To purchase reserved or general admission season tickets, please contact the LMU Ticket Office at 310.338.5466 or visit this link: Purchase Season Tickets