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Shayne Austin
Height: 5'5"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Oak Park, Calif.
High School: Thousand Oaks High School
Experience: 2 Letters

2013-14: Finished her sophomore season with an 11-7 singles record, playing at Nos. 4 and 5. Posted a 6-11 doubles record, playing mostly at No. 1.

2012-13: Finished her freshman season with a 9-11 singles record, playing at spots 4, 5 and 6…Also had an 11-12 doubles record, playing mostly at Nos. 1 and 2.

High School: Graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif. …Earned the Southern California Sportsmanship Award for 18s…Won the National Doubles tournament, was a finalist at Sectionals and advanced to the quarterfinals in the Easter Bowl.

Coach Maes’ Take: “We are very fortunate to have Shayne on our team. This is a kid that will benefit greatly from the structure we provide in practice every day--already has. Every time she spends time on the court, she gets better. She is a great listener and does everything you ask. She is also a committed teammate. Shayne is going to be a tough, tough contender for the Cats and I look forward to watching her grow as a player and a person over the next few years.”

Personal

Biggest Influence of tennis career: My dad. He was the one that introduced me to tennis and he has been by my side supporting me ever since.

Spends free time: Playing other sports, especially soccer. Also enjoys hanging out with friends and going to the beach.

Favorite places to play tennis other than Arizona: Del Ray Beach, Fla.

Hidden Talent: Soccer—used to play for a club soccer team that was No. 1 in the nation.

Favorite Sport other than Tennis: Soccer

Favorite TV Show/Movie: The Lucky One, So You Think You Can Dance

Favorite Food: Italian, Nutella

Why she chose Arizona: “I loved each and every one of the girls on the team. I really liked the coaching staff and the way Coach Maes coaches. She really cares about the team and that is one of the things I was looking for (in a coach). I also love the weather and the campus is so pretty!”

On Coach Maes: “Vicky is such a supportive coach. She cares so much about the team and supports and guides us in all aspects of our lives, on and off the court.”