Jan. 25, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y.- Chosen from a draft of the top 60 teams in the Campbell's/ITA Division I men's tennis rankings, No. 56 St. John's will participate in their first ITA Kick-Off Weekend tomorrow, Jan. 26, where they will take on the No. 12 Florida Gators in Gainesville.
"This is a huge step for the program," said 2011 BIG EAST Coach of the Year Eric Rebhuhn. "We've had a lot of success the past couple of years and playing in a tournament like this takes the program to another level."
The Red Storm are the No. 4 seed in the Florida regional, the Gators are the top seed. Along with Florida, the rest of the sites include the top 15 teams in the country; USC, Virginia, UCLA, Ohio State, Georgia, Pepperdine, Kentucky, Duke Stanford, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, California, Ole Miss and Illinois.
The winners of each regional qualify for the ITA Team Indoor championships hosted by University of Washington in mid-February 2013.
"Playing a great team like Florida will give us an understanding of what going against high-level competition is like," said Rebhuhn. "It prepares us for our tough schedule, playing in the NCAA Championships and making a run in the BIG EAST Tournament."
Keep track of all the Kick-Off Weekend action by following @ITATennis and use the #ITAKickOff hashtag to join the conversation. To stay up to date with everything St. John's tennis this season be sure to track the squad on Twitter by following @STJ_tennis and by "liking" the new St. John's Men's Tennis page on Facebook.