Posted: Jun 15, 2012 3:21 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Ragin' Cajuns women's tennis team wrapped up its 2012-13 signing class as head coach Greg Harkins announced three additions for the upcoming season on Friday.
Signing with the Cajuns were Nicole Breaux of Katy, Texas, Eleanor Bradshaw of North Yorkshire, England and Juliette Clement of Breviandes, France. They join Sophie van den Aarssen (Aarle Rixtel, The Netherlands), Melissa Burckhartt (Houston, Texas) and Bailey VanDyke (Montgomery, Texas) to comprise the 2012-13 signing class that was ranked one of the top 20 mid-major classes in the country.
"These girls add depth to a top ranked recruiting class for 2012," Harkins said. "They have a passion for competition with positive energy and a strong work ethic. They will challenge themselves and their teammates to be the best they can, which turns good players into great teams!"
Nicole Breaux comes to the Cajuns from Katy, Texas where she played tennis and basketball for Seven Lakes High School. Breaux was the girl's doubles district and regional champion. She also took third place in doubles at the Texas UIL State Tournament.
Breaux, four-year letterman as the No.1 singles and doubles player at Seven Lakes, is originally a Louisiana native as her family moved to Texas after hurricane Katrina. Breaux is also second generation Ragin' Cajun as both of her parents graduated from UL giving her strong family ties to the Lafayette community.
"What impressed me about Nicole was her rise in the rankings over the last year," Harkins commented. "She climbed over 50 spots nationally and competes in the Super Champs category which is the highest division in Texas junior tennis. Nicole is a solid four-star recruit and has a bright future ahead as a Ragin' Cajun."
Eleanor Bradshaw, a native of North Yorkshire, England, has quickly established herself as one of the top players in her area in a short period of time. She brings good size and strength to the spring 2012 class.
"Eleanor works with some of the best coaches in the UK," Harkins added. "Her skill level and experience translates to a high four-star recruit in the states. She is technically sound and her big power game and hard work ethic fits right in with the program."
Juliette Clement, a native of Breviandes, France, has an all-court game. She has qualified for top level national events back in France.
"I am impressed with her court awareness," Harkins said. "She is solid from all areas of the court and will be a tough competitor in match play."