Flushing, N.Y.--Georgia State senior Victor Valente, the first men's tennis student-athlete in school history to earn an invite to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, fell in his first match of the consolation round 6-1, 6-0 on Friday to No. 67-ranked Matija Pecotic (Princeton).
Valente finishes up play at the prestigious tournament after he battled the No. 1-ranked Henrique Cunha (Duke), losing narrowly by a 7-5, 6-3 score on Thursday. Valente concludes his schedule after one of the most successful fall seasons in Georgia State men's tennis history.
Valente earned an at-large bid by reaching the singles championship at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships in October. He defeated two nationally-ranked opponents in No. 84-ranked Michael Alford (Florida) 6-1, 6-1 and No. 30-ranked Juan Spir (Georgia Tech) 7-6 (3), 6-4 during the tournament.
Valente has amassed nine wins so far this fall. He won the singles title in the blue draw at the Georgia Southern Championships on Oct. 7. He defeated four opponents, including teammate Robert Schulze in the championship match, to earn the title.
Pecotic eventually took the singles consolation title at the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, defeating the No. 35-ranked Peter Kobelt (Ohio State) 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the finals.
The Georgia State men's tennis team, led by first-year head coach Joerg Barthel, begins preparations for the spring dual-match season. The team has already released its spring schedule here. Visit the men's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for updates on the team's offseason as it prepares for the 2012-13 spring slate.