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Denise Starr
Height: 6'0"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Experience: 1 Year

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: Right hander began playing tennis at age 6.

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