South Dakota women’s tennis adds 2 more for 2012-13 campaign

South Dakota women's tennis coach Malcolm Gilreath has announced the addition of two more recruits for the 2012-13 season. Maria Tortosa Bernabeu of Valencia, Spain has signed a national letter of intent to continue her career with the Coyotes, while Camille Kraljic of Elk River, Minn., will also continue her athletic and academic career at USD.

Bernabeu comes to South Dakota after a successful career in Spain at Pureza de Maria School.  She is ranked 383rd in the women's open category in Spain. She also is the winner of the I Gran Premio C.C. Ribera del Xuquer and also was the winner of the Harvard summer tournament in 2011.  She played for the Carlet Tennis Club.

"Maria will bring her consistency and enthusiasm to the team and will do very well both in the classroom and on the court," Gilreath said. "She has previously played in the United States as a junior and we are looking forward to having her join the team."

Kraljic arrives at South Dakota after an outstanding career at Elk River High School, where she is a member of the Elk River Tennis Hall of Fame. She finished with 117 career wins and was part of five section championship teams. She was a participant at the state meet in doubles in 2011. She was a two-time all-conference selection and a two-time all-conference honorable mention honoree. She also was an academic all-state selection.

"We are looking forward to having Camille join the team this fall," Gilreath said. "She is an exceptional performer both on the court and in the classroom.  She is a strong doubles player and she will definitely add to the depth of our team."

The two recruits join Hafsa Laraibi of Casablanca, Morocco, and Milica Pavlovic of Belgrade, Serbia, as the Coyotes' class for 2012-13.

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