Dec. 12, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y.- After a successful fall season that saw standout performances from several newcomers, second year head coach Taka Bertrand and the St. John's women's tennis team are set for the 2013-14 spring season that will pit the Red Storm against several tough non-conference opponents and both new and old BIG EAST foes.
St. John's will face conference rivals Georgetown (Feb. 7), Providence (March 29) and Villanova (April 17), and 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).
"I'm extremely excited to start the spring season," said Bertrand. "We're playing a difficult schedule that features four teams that finished the spring ranked last season. Our team has worked hard this fall and is looking forward to the upcoming challenges."
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. Seniors 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 Jan. 24 when SJU opens against Fairfield at home at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
This will be the second-consecutive season that the St. John's women's tennis team will be playing all of its home matches at the National Tennis Center in the Flushing Meadows section of Queens. Located just a short drive west on the Grand Central Parkway from the Queens campus, the NTC gives St. John's student-athletes an unprecedented experience of playing at the one of the top tennis facilities in the world. This year, from April 24-27, the home of the U.S. Open will host the men's and women's tennis BIG EAST Championships.
"Having the BIG EAST Tournament at the National Tennis Center is a privilege," said Bertrand. "We train and play all of our home matches at the facility and it will be advantageous to be at home with fan support."
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.