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Denise Starr
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Denise Starr 1753947
Height: 6'0"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
High School: James Madison HS
Experience: 2 Years

Spring 2015: Earned her first All-America honor after being seeded with Maegan Manasse in the NCAA Doubles Championship at Nos. 5-8…also played in the NCAA Singles Championship, after helping lead the Bears to the round of 16 in the NCAA team tournament…Starr and Manasse, ranked seventh entering the NCAA doubles tournament, reached the round of 16 before falling to Stanford’s 10th-ranked Caroline Doyle/Ellen Tsay, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4…the Bears – who finished with a 33-10 record – beat Notre Dame’s 29th-ranked Quinn Gleason and Monica Robinson in the round of 32, 6-2, 6-1…Starr was 37-10 overall in doubles in 2014-15…in the Pac-12 doubles tournament, Manasse and Starr won twice to reach the semifinals but had to withdraw due to injury…one of the Bears’ biggest wins during the regular season came in Cal’s 4-3 victory at UCLA on March 20, when Starr and Manasse – then ranked fifth – upset the third-ranked pair of Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips, 8-4, to clinch the doubles point…in singles, lost to Michigan’s 31st-ranked Ronit Yurovsky in the NCAA round of 64, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2…her 36-9 singles record this season included a 10-0 dual-match record, a record of 9-0 at court two, a 7-3 court-three record and a 5-1 court-four record…has career records of 57-21 (singles) and 60-17 (doubles)…Starr and Stephane Lin (2-0) were the only Bears unbeaten in singles in Pac-12 dual-match play...claimed her first Pac-12 Player of the Week accolade.

Fall 2014: Posted an 8-3 singles record in the fall, in which she reached the round of 16 in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, the round of 64 in the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships and the top-flight final of the Cal Nike Fall Invitational…Starr lost to teammate Maegan Manasse in Bears’ fall tournament, 6-4, 6-4…was 11-3 in doubles, pairing with Manasse each time…the duo earned a No. 11 ITA ranking in the fall…the pair won the top-flight title in the Cal Fall Nike Invitational, beating teammates Zsofi Susanyi and Lynn Chi, 8-4, in the final, fell in the final of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships to Susanyi and Klara Fabikova, 6-1, 6-4, reached the round of 16 in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, and won the consolation crown at indoors, beating Michigan’s second-seeded Emina Bektas/Alexandria Najarian.

Spring 2014: Earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors and a final ITA singles ranking of 35th after posting a 21-12 singles record…played No. 1 singles down the stretch, collected a 6-6 record…clinched Cal’s NCAA first-round match against Fairleigh Dickinson with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ksenija Tihomirova in Berkeley…reached the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 singles tournament, falling to UCLA’s Jennifer Brady, 7-5, 6-3…finished with a 23-7 doubles record including a 12-1 record with Maegan Manasse…the Starr/Manasse pair claimed Cal’s best doubles ranking – No. 33 – in the final ITA poll… the duo won Cal’s last doubles match of the season, an 8-3 victory over No. 50 Taylor Davidson/Ellen Tsay in the Bears’ NCAA round of 16 loss to Stanford in Atlanta.

Fall 2013: Came on strong midway through the season, as did fellow freshman Maegan Manasse…Starr beat Manasse, 6-1, 6-2, for the singles title at the fall-ending ASU Thunderbird Invitational…Starr defeated fifth-ranked teammate Anett Schutting, 7-5,6-3, in the quarterfinals in Tempe, Ariz….also reached the quarters of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships, with a win over Stanford’s eighth-ranked Krista Hardebeck, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, in the round of 16...posted a singles record of 8-1 and a doubles record of 6-1…in doubles, she paired with Zsofi Susanyi to advance to the semifinals of the regional and partnered with Kelly Chui to play in the round-robin event at the ASU tournament.

Personal/Previous: Undeclared major...intending to major in integrative biology...right hander began playing tennis at age 6.

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