Honors & Awards:
-USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championship participant (First GSU Men's Tennis player in school history)
-ITA Southeast Regional Championship Runner-Up
-All-CAA First Team Singles (2012)
-All-CAA Second Team Doubles (2012)
-CAA Player of the Week (2) (Apr. 3 & Apr. 10, 2012)
-All-CAA First Team Singles (2011)
-CAA Doubles Team of the Week (Feb. 15, 2011)
-All-CAA Second Team Singles (2010)
-CAA Player of the Week (Mar. 17, 2010)
-President's List (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012)
-Dean's List (Spring 2010)
-CAA Commissioners Academic Award (Spring 2010-Spring 2012)
Valente in the News:
4/23/12-Atlanta Volleys: Collegiate Roundup (Inside Tennis)
2/21/12-Valente, Panthers hungry for more success (The Signal)
2/2/11-Great Import on the Court (GSU Magazine)
Fall 2012: Went 9-3 overall in singles play and 5-2 in doubles play ... Competed in the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. in November, the first men's tennis student-athlete in GSU history to do so ... Earned a bid after advancing to the singles championship at the ITA Regional Championships ... Defeated two nationally-ranked opponents during the tournament in No. 84-ranked Michael Alford of Florida (6-3, 6-1) and No. 30-ranked Juan Spir of Georgia Tech (7-6(3), 6-4) ... Won the singles Blue Draw title at the Georgia Southern Championships to begin the fall ... Advanced to the doubles Main Draw finals.
Spring 2012: Earned All-CAA First Team Singles honors and All-CAA Second Team Doubles honors with partner Juan Pablo Gutierrez ... Earned back-to-back CAA Player of the Week honors on Apr. 3 and Apr. 10 ... Ranked No. 14 in the ITA Southeast Regional Singles rankings prior to the spring season ... Posted a 16-5 mark in singles play ... Went 14-7 in doubles with three different partners ... Notched a 9-1 record while pairing with Gutierrez ... Clinched eight GSU wins with singles victories on the season, including two vs. ranked teams ... Clinched Georgia State's 5-2 win vs. #37 UNCW, GSU's highest-ranked opponent defeated on the season ... Named to President's List for achieving a 4.0 GPA or higher in the spring semester.
Fall 2011: Earned a 7-3 mark in singles and a 4-5 record in doubles ... Teamed with sophomore Thomas Cook to upset the No. 22-ranked doubles team at the Southern Intercollegiate ... The duo beat Minnesota's Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn 9-8 (11) ... Was the highest-ranked doubles opponent GSU has beaten in school history ... Advanced to the doubles semifinals before falling to the eventual champions ... Won the consolation bracket in Division I Singles at the Souther Intercollegiate with a win over South Carolina's Chip Cox 6-2, 6-2 ... Posted two victories to advance to the quarterfinals in the Men's Open Singles-A Draw bracket at the Georgia Tech Invitational ... Earned a 6-2, 6-2 win in the quarterfinals of the Open Singles A-Draw over Louisville's Albert Wagner ... Knocked of Georgia Tech's Dusan Milijevic (6-4, 6-0) and Vanderbilt's Jeff Offerdahl (7-5, 6-3) in straight sets at the Bulldog Scramble.
Spring 2011: Recorded a 20-5 mark in singles, while being named All-CAA First Team in singles and Third Team in doubles...He played No. 1 and No. 2 singles earning a 10-4 record at No. 1 and 10-1 at No. 2 singles...Finished the season 4-1 against conference opponents for the second straight season with his only loss coming against All-CAA First Team member Kinshuk Sharma, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 5-7 in the semifinals of the CAA Championship...He won five-straight matches at No. 1 singles to end the regular season...He defeated three All-CAA players in VCU's Max Wennakoski, Delaware's Courtney Scott and UNC Wilmington's Michael Pereira...Partnered with Breon Badger, Juan Pablo Gutierrez and Thomas Cook to earn a 14-11 record in doubles...Valente and Cook were named to the All-CAA Third Team in doubles...Valente and Cook won eight straight matches from Feb. 12-28 and were named CAA Doubles Team of the Week...They lost a tight match to No. 8 Juan Spir and Kevin King from Georgia Tech, 8-6, on Feb. 9.
Fall 2010: Recorded a 4-8 mark during his fall campaign...Lost a close match to Brennan Boyajian (UNC), 0-6, 6-0, 7-5 at the Bulldog Scramble...Defeated Matthew Langley (MTSU), 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6) at the Southern Intercollegiates...Earned a victory against Arren Carter (Louisville), 6-3, 6-1 at the GT Invitational... Played doubles with Breon Badger, Vincent Verpeaux, and Thomas Cook. Partnered with Verpeaux and defeated Matthew Langley/Elliot Barnwell (MTSU), 8-5 at the GT Invitational ...Defeated Harry Menzies (USC), 6-2, 6-0 and Jaroslav Horvath (ECU) at the UNCW Collegiate Tennis Invitational.
Spring 2010: Finished the spring season with a 15-6 record in singles, while earning All-CAA Second Team in singles...Went 9-3 at No. 2 singles and 6-3 at No. 1 singles taking on the other team's top players...Was named CAA co-Player of the Week on March 17th, when he went 2-0 at No. 2 singles, defeating Florida A&M's Mare Atkinson, 6-3, 6-1, and previously unbeaten Rok Bizjak of Clemson, 7-5, 5-7, 1-0...Also finished the season strong with an 8-2 singles record in his last ten matches...Five of his six losses were in three sets showing how difficult he was to be defeated...Had a seven-match winning streak from 3/16-4/17, where he won six of the seven matches in straight-sets...Had the second highest win total as a freshman (15), since Nejc Podkrajsek (16), in 2006...Finished the season 4-1 against conference opponents losing only to All-CAA Sebastien Vidal from William & Mary in a three-set thriller, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6...Posted a 12-7 overall doubles record partnering with Calvin Kemp (1-1), Lucas Santana (2-1), and Henri Mangin (9-5)...Went on a five-match winning streak with Mangin from 3/8-3/28 and played most of his doubles matches at No. 2 doubles...Made the Dean's List by earning a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above.
Prep: Victor Valente comes to Georgia State from Brazil, to give the Panthers three players from the country along with sophomore Lucas Thomaz, and fellow freshman Lucas Santana. Valente has been mentioned as one of the top players in his native country of Brazil. His most recent result was a tight 7-6, 6-3 defeat to Daniel Danilovic who has been ranked as high as #481 in the ATP world rankings.
Personal: Victor Costa Valente was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 2nd 1990...Son of Edgar and Graciete Valente...Has one brother, Gustavo (16)...Hobbies include Soccer, surfing, and playing Samba...Favorite athlete is Gustavo Kuerten, who is a former number one tennis player from Brazil...enjoys watching the Corinthians football club...Major is Information Systems.