2015 All-SEC First Team
2015 ITA Scholar Athlete
2015 All-Louisiana First Team
2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2014 All-SEC Second Team
2014 All-SEC Freshman Team
2014 ITA Southern Region Rookie of the Year
2014 All-Louisiana Second Team
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014-15)
Became the first LSU player since 2009 to be selected to the All-SEC first team …. Also selected to the All-Louisiana first team … Earned an at-large selection for the NCAA Singles Championships … Became the first Lady Tiger since Megan Falcon in 2009 to reach the Singles Championships … Finished the season with a 31-13 overall mark and 17-9 in dual match play … Also finished ranked 32nd in singles play and 27th in doubles play … Became the 15th player in school history to reach the 30-win mark in a season … Earned the highest singles win for an LSU player since 2008 with her victory over No. 7 Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt … Vale Costa along with Noel Scott defeated No. 7 Pleun Burgman and Emily Flickinger of Auburn for the highest doubles win since 2002 … Took down No. 70 Kenna Kilgo of Texas Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament … Helped LSU to a victory over No. 57 New Mexico in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-2 win over Emily Olivier …. Defeated No. 112 Kelli Hine of Missouri 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in the opening round of the SEC Tournament … Ended the regular season on a three-match win streak over Kelli Hine of Missouri, Aldila Sutjiadi of Kentucky and Campbell of Vanderbilt … Dominated No. 56 Yasmine Lee of 35th-ranked Mississippi State 6-1, 6-1 …. Took a point over ninth-ranked Alabama with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 26 Erin Routliffe … Also defeated No. 73 Burgmans in singles play 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 … Won a third-set thriller over Joanna Henderson of Tennessee 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4 … Secured her first tournament title as an LSU Tiger at the 2014 Jack Kramer Invitational … Earned her second varsity letter.
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 … 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 singles ranking of 69, 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Earned her first varsity letter.
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 and Filipe … Brother Filipe played tennis for Graceland University (2005-09) … Chose LSU because of the support given by Coach Julia Sell … Plans to major in Sport Administration.