With Easter break quickly approaching, the student body is making plans to head home or even go on a nice vacation. However, many LMU student-athletes will have to continue competing as conference tournaments are quickly approaching. Here are what some of LMU Athletics will be doing during the break:
Baseball will start the week with a Tuesday home game against UC Irvine. The team will then spend their break in Provo, Utah as they take on conference for Brigham Young University (BYU). With a strong conference record at 11-4, the Lions will look to bolster up their resume for the West Coast Conference (WCC) tournament. Senior right hand pitcher Bret Dahlson will look to add to his career saves school record, which currently sits at 25.
Softball will also be on the road playing important conference games as the team heads down to San Diego, Calif. to play the University of San Diego (USD) Toreros in a three-game series. Softball is not doing nearly as well as baseball, holding only a 1-5 WCC record. This week can give the Lions the spark they need, or it can be the final nail in the coffin.
Men’s golf is currently underway in the WCC Championships. After a slow start in round one on Monday with only freshman Blake Meek hitting even on the day, the Lions sit at the bottom of the tournament in ninth. Rounds two and three on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, will be key if the Lions want to have a fighting chance at the WCC title; they are currently 11 strokes behind leaders BYU.
Women’s tennis has their last match of the year before the conference tournament, which is against LMU’s main rival, Pepperdine University. After losing seven of their last nine matches, the Lions need to gain some momentum before entering the tournament. At 2-6 in WCC play, LMU is eighth out of only 10 schools. If the standings stay the same, LMU will play USD, who they lost 4-3 to earlier this season.
Men’s tennis will also be finishing up its season, but not against a conference foe. Instead, the Lions will face UC Irvine on Wednesday. The Lions are currently fifth in the conference and look to end their current three match winning streak. The match could potentially be sophomore Cristobal Rivera’s 16th win of the year in singles play and senior Sebastian Bustamante and junior Todd Volmari’s 14th win as doubles partners.