Originally from Vladivostok, Russia, Val has been playing tennis for 18 years. She has traveled all around the world playing international tournaments, and practicing at different academies in Germany, Spain, Vietnam, USA, and Russia. Val received a scholarship and moved from Russia to Oklahoma at the age of 17 to play for Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The team was ranked #6 in the nation in D2, and Val was ranked #4 in the nation in doubles her junior year.
She has worked at different camps such as OU Nike Tennis Camp, Princeton Nike Tennis Camp, in New Jersey, and others before landing at Beverly Hills Tennis. She teaches players of all ages and levels.