Jan. 16, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Before hitting the courts for their first match of the season against Fairfield on Jan. 24 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, second year head coach Taka Bertrand and the St. John's women's tennis team will compete in the Yale Classic from Jan. 17-19 in New Haven, Conn.
The Classic, which will be played in a hidden duals format, will pit the Red Storm against Cornell, No. 64 Boston College and No. 36 Yale, the host school.
"The competition we'll face in the Yale Classic will be a great experience for our team," said Bertrand. "Going up against the likes of Cornell, Boston College and Yale is an awesome opportunity to get match play and to try out different doubles teams before our season opener against Fairfield."
The spring schedule will see St. John's face conference foes Georgetown (Feb. 7), Providence (March 29) and Villanova (April 17), and tough non-conference opponents Princeton (Feb. 1), USF (March 7) and Wichita State (March 21). The match against USF will be part of the Red Storm's swing through the South which also features matches against Tulane (March 1) and South Alabama (March 4).
The Red Storm returns three starters from last year's lineup that went 11-11 overall and 4-3 in the BIG EAST. St. John's went 4-2 over their final six matches, including back-to-back victories against conference opponents Seton Hall and Providence on the road to conclude the season. Classmates Diamond Adams and Yanita Arnaudova and junior Khrystyna Pavlyuk bring experience and depth to the lineup with Adams boasting 25 career singles victories and 20 career doubles victories as she enters her final season in Queens. Three newcomers, junior transfer Nastya Polyakova and freshmen Anna Morozova and Puck Vlaskamp, will see their first action of the spring for SJU on Friday.
To stay up to date with everything St. John's women's tennis this season, be sure to track the squad by following the new Twitter handle @StJohnsTennis and by "liking" the St. John's Women's Tennis page on Facebook. Use the hashtag #SJUWT to join the conversation.