Luis  Valero

Luis Valero

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Cali, Colombia

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 159

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RECORD & HONORS

Career Singles Record: 44-42
Career Doubles Record: 50-28

Awards
2016 All-SEC (2nd team)
2015 ITA Scholar Athlete
2015 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Doubles Title
2015 SEC Fall Classic (with Jack Schipanski)

2016-17 JUNIOR

Singles Record: 6-7
Doubles Record: 10-6

SPRING SEASON

    FALL SEASON
    • Schipanski and Valero lost their opening-round match at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
    • Defeated Kentucky's Beck Pennington and Enzo Wallart 3-6, 6-4, [10-4] with Jack Schipanski to win the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships on Monday
    • Reached round of 16 at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships
    • Valero and Schipanski opened the doubles tournament with a victory Thursday at the ITA All-American Championships
    • Advanced to the third round of doubles with Jack Schipanski with a 6-3 victory over Elon's Felipe Sarrasague and Mario Paccini at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships

    2015-16 SOPHOMORE

    Singles Record: 20-21 (3-9)
    Doubles Record: 25-11 (3-5)

    SPRING SEASON

    • Earned All-SEC honors for the first time in his career after stepping up to No. 1 singles and doubles.
    • He went a combined 5-0 opening weekend, playing No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles with Jack Schipanski. He also won at No. 3 doubles with Marshall Sullivan against Mercer.
    • Remained in the top half of the lineup, playing No.3 Singles and earning a 6-3, 6-3 win against Duke.
    • After defeating Duke and a No. 25 ranked doubles team against Wake Forest, he went a combined 2-0 this weekend, playing No. 1 doubles with Jack Schipanski.
    • Helped clinch the doubles point against Ole Miss by defeating No. 54 Babic/Kraljevic 6-3 with Jack Schipanski.
    • Defeated No.34 Wayne Montgomery from Georgia 1-6, 6-4, [10-3].
    • Avenged an earlier loss by defeating Auburn's Marko Krickovic, helping the Vols to a 4-3 victory over the Tigers to start the SEC tournament.
    • Made his NCAA doubles tournament debut with Jack Schipanski, reaching the second round. It was the first national tournament for both players.
    • Reached a career-high ranking of No. 67 in singles and No. 15 in doubles during the season.
    FALL SEASON
    • Finished with 10 singles wins and nine doubles wins during the fall season, one of three Vols to log 10+ fall wins (Igor Smelyanski - 15; Preston Touliatos - 11).
    • Won seven of his final nine singles matches of the fall, reaching the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships and the semifinals of the SEC Fall Classic.
    • Teamed up again with Jack Schipanski to go 6-1 during the fall. They defeated teammates Igor Smelyanski and Preston Touliatos to win the SEC Fall Classic, Valero's first career title. Valero and Schipanski, who played No. 3 doubles for the Vols last year, also beat 12th-ranked Orkin and Lipman of Florida 8-4 en route to the title.
    • Accepted a wild card entry into the Knoxville Challenger, winning the first set over world junior No. 2 Frances Tiafoe before losing 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.

    2014-15 FRESHMAN

    Singles Record: 18-14 (5-4 SEC)
    Doubles Record: 15-11 (4-4 SEC)

    Awards
    2015 ITA Scholar Athlete
    2015 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

    SPRING SEASON

    • Started in the middle of the Vols' lineup to open the spring, going 3-1 in the first two weekends.
    • Teamed up with fellow freshman Igor Smelyanski in doubles, going 3-1 the first two weekends on court 2.
    • Provided stability at the No. 4 position in the singles lineup, going 5-4 in SEC play.
    • Earned two ranked wins in conference play, beating No. 113 Andrew Schafer of South Carolina and No. 122 Tassilo Schmid of Mississippi State.
    • Biggest win for Valero came in the second round of the SEC Tournament. As the final match on court the final hour of play, he rallied from a break down to beat Stuart Kenyon 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 to clinch the Vols' 4-3 victory over Alabama.
    • Teamed up with Jack Schipanski early in SEC play and the two went 6-3 on court 3.
    • Ended the season with 18 wins, the second-most on the team.

    FALL SEASON

    • Won his career debut over Johan den Toom (Arkansas), 6-4, 6-2 in the opening round of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships
    • Reached the consolation semifinals of the SEC Fall Classic
    • Advanced to the round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships, beating ETSU's No. 1 player, David Biosca, along the way

    PRIOR TO TENNESSEE

    • Achieved career-high ITF world junior ranking of No. 71
    • Won nine ITF junior titles (four singles titles, five doubles titles)
    • Represented Colombia at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games shortly before starting school at UT

    PERSONAL

    • Born June 5, 1996
    • Recipient of the Dan & Libby Morgan Athletic Scholarship
    • Recipient of the James M. Boring Athletic Scholarship
 

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