PHILADELPHIA - Returning from a spring break trip to Texas, the University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team will look to continue to defend it's home court against St. John's on Saturday at noon. The Quakers have won their last five matches at the Hecht Tennis Center and will seek to build on their win over No. 55 Rice last Saturday.
While Penn went 1-3 on its trip throught he Lone Star State, the team did play well against some good competition. The Quakers suffered losses to North Texas and University of Texas at Arlington by 4-3 scores and fell to a very talented University of Texas team, 5-2, but earned a very impressive 4-3 win over the Rice Owls on the final day.
DANIEL'S DOMINANT RUN: Penn's top player, Kana Daniel has been remarkable throughout the season, going 6-0 to start the season before taking her first loss to the nation's eighth ranked player, Breaunna Addison in Austin. Even in the loss, Daniel took Addison to three sets and lost a very tight final set 6-4. The Spaniard bounced back against the No. 99 player in the country, Rice's Lindsey Hodge in three sets. Daniel trailed 3-0 in games in the final set, but won 6-4.
SCOUTING ST. JOHN'S: The Red Storm have started their 2016 campaign with a 7-3 record with notable wins over fellow Big East teams Providence and Georgetown. The last time out for the Johnnies was an unpleasant visit to Cornell that saw the Big Red take down the Red Storm, 5-2. The match at Penn will complete a four-game road trip for St. John's in which they've won two matches already.
THE SERIES WITH ST. JOHNS: This will be the Quakers first-ever meeting with the Red Storm. However, Penn is 38-6 all-time against Big East opponents. The Quakers are 13-1 against Georgetown, 7-0 against Seton Hall, 13-5 against Syracuse, and 5-0 against Villanova.