Sept. 12, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. – St. John’s women’s tennis head coach Taka Bertrand and the Red Storm will officially open the 2013-14 season across the East River at the Columbia Invitational on Friday, Sept. 13, the first of four tournaments that highlight the fall season.
The Red Storm will then head to Philadelphia, Pa. next week for their second consecutive appearance the Cissie Leary Invitational before returning to their home court at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the USTA Women’s College Invitational. For their final tournament, Bertrand’s squad will compete in the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championship in Cambridge, Mass. on Thursday, Oct. 17.
“I’m really excited for the upcoming fall season,” said Bertrand, who enters her second season at the helm of the St. John’s women’s tennis program. “I’ve been pleased with how our team has been practicing, but we need to keep up our work ethic if we want to be serious competitors in the BIG EAST and in the spring.”
The spring schedule will pit St. John’s against 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 (April 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 in the Red and White 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.