2014 All-SEC Second Team
2014 All-SEC Freshman Team
2014 ITA Southern Region Rookie of the Year
2014 All-Louisiana Second Team
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013-14)
Accumulated an 11-8 overall singles record and a 9-10 overall doubles record … Earned both All-SEC Second Team and All-SEC Freshman Team honors … Received ITA Southern Region Rookie Player of the Year recognition … Selected to All-Louisiana Second Team … Earned both All-SEC Second Team and All-SEC Freshman Team honors … Received ITA Southern Region Rookie Player of the Year recognition … Played 24 of 26 dual matches at the No. 1 spot … Singles record included a 10-7 record at No. 1 … Reached a season-high ranking of No. 69 singles, which is the highest an LSU player has been ranked in singles since Whitney Wolf in 2011 … Won 10 matches in straight sets … Garnered three wins over nationally ranked opponents highlighted by a dominating 6-3, 6-0 victory over Auburn’s No. 29 Pleun Burgmans as well as victories over No. 56 Georgiana Patrasc of Mississippi State and No. 59 Eve Repic of Tennessee by identical scores of 6-4, 6-2 during the SEC Tournament … The first LSU freshman to win seven of her first eight matches since Kaitlin Burns in 2010 … Topped Kayla Rizzolo 6-2, 7-6 (5) to clinch the match for LSU over South Florida in the first round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend … Secured the match and took down SMU’s Anna Kate Anderson 6-1, 6-2 … Notched LSU’s lone point against Ole Miss and knocked off Zalina Khairudinova 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 … In season finale, was one game away from defeating Pepperdine’s No. 26 Lorraine Guillermo when the match was left unfinished … Doubles record included a 6-8 record at No. 1 and a 3-2 record at No. 2 … Vale Costa and Skylar Holloway held an 8-6 record with a 5-5 record at No. 1 … The pair reached a four-match win streak and went 6-1 in their first seven matches … The duo knocked off Missouri’s Madison Rhyner and Cassidy Spearman 8-6 to clinch the doubles point for LSU … The pair clinched the doubles point against South Florida with an 8-3 victory over Vera Bessenova and Olga Martinez … Secured the doubles point over Northwestern State and topped Polina Konop and Tatiana Larina 8-2 … Garnered an 8-5 win over McNeese’s Klaudia Gawlik and Sara Castellano to capture the doubles point … Vale Costa and Scott edged Tennessee’s No. 56 Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams 8-6 to clinch the doubles point in the second round of the SEC Tournament.
PRIOR TO LSU
Singles runner-up at Amarante Ladies Open in 2012 … Won doubles championship at both Cantanhede Ladies Open and Open Village Ladies Cup in 2012 … Won doubles title at AEGON Junior International Nottingham, Taca Diogo Napoles and Vila Do Conde Junior Tennis Cup in 2012 … Was singles runner-up in XVII International Junior Leiria in 2012 … Was a singles semi-finalist in both the Heraklion and the Portuguese All Ages National Championship in 2013 … Was a Portuguese National Singles Champion for Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 … Was a Portuguese National Doubles Champion for Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 … Reached a career high of No. 782 in WTA Singles rankings, No. 709 in WTA Doubles rankings and No. 251 in ITF Under 18 rankings … Attended high school at Escola Secundaria de Cascais.
Full name is Joana Rita Frazao Vale Costa … Born Oct. 31, 1995 … Daughter of Antonio and Rita Vale Costa … Has two brothers Tomas (23) and Filipe (26) … Brother Filipe played tennis for Graceland University (2005-09) … Chose LSU because of the support given by Coach Sell and Coach Boustani … Plans to major in Sport Administration.