Urbana, Ill.—Georgia State men’s tennis senior Victor Valente was recognized by the NCAA with the Elite 89 honor on Wednesday. The award is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average in their sport who participates at the sport’s national event.
Valente earned the Division I men’s tennis honor while maintaining a 4.16 cumulative GPA at Georgia State University. The Computer Information Systems major will graduate following the Fall 2013 semester. Valente adds the honor to a growing list of achievements, including being named Academic All-District last week.
He is just the second student-athlete in Georgia State men’s tennis history to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship. He also qualified for the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship with senior Lucas Santa Ana. He plays his first round match in the singles tournament on Wednesday morning against Tulsa’s Japie de Klerk at 8 a.m. CT.
Valente brings a 19-5 singles record into Wednesday’s match with a 7-3 mark against nationally-ranked singles opponents. The native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, will be looking for his 80th career singles win (79-23 career record) on Thursday.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
Visit the men’s tennis page for updates throughout the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships this week.