Valente Starts Play at Prestigious Indoor Intercollegiate
Flushing, N.Y.--Georgia State senior Victor Valente takes on the nation's No.1-ranked singles player in Henrique Cunha from Duke in the first round of the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Singles and doubles play at the event begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. Valente begins his match at 2 p.m. There are a variety of ways to follow Valente's match including through live stats, live audio and a live blog. The host of the event, Columbia University, will be updating its tournament central page throughout the day.
Valente earned an at-large invitation to the event, the first in GSU men's tennis history to do so, by reaching the finals at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships. Along the way, Valente defeated two nationally-ranked opponents including a 6-1, 6-1 win vs. the No. 84-ranked Michael Alford (Florida) in the first round. He also took down Georgia Tech's 30th-ranked Juan Spir in the semifinals by a 7-6 (3), 6-4 score.
Cunha, like Valente, reached the finals of his ITA Regional Championship before falling in the championship match. He entered the year as the top-ranked player in the ITA Preseason Men's Singles Rankings list. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship last year in Athens, Ga.
Valente and Cunha share many similarities other than both reaching the finals of their respective ITA Regional Championships this fall. Both are left-handed players and also hail from the same state, Sao Paulo, of their native country Brazil.
Visit the GeorgiaStateSports.com for daily updates on Valente's play at the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The Panthers, led by first-year head coach Joerg Barthel, have played their final team tournament for the fall and have begun preparations for the spring dual-match season in 2013.