Rick Johnston profiles freshmen tennis players Peter Sienko and Alex Van Velzer, who had to delay their entry to the U.S. Military Academy by a year.
2013-14: Named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll ... posted a 7-2 dual match record in singles action ... spent time at third, fourth and fifth singles ... had most success at No. 5 singles, posting a 4-1 mark ... beat T.J. Morgan of Lafayette at No. 4 singles in straight sets in only Patriot League match ... topped Sacred Heart's Matt Dean, 6-2, 6-1, in lone appearance at No. 3 singles ... collected an 8-4 mark in doubles, all coming in dual matches ... mainly played at No. 3 doubles, going 7-4 ... partnered with Henry Jang-Milsten to take down Jimmy Ye and Charlie Volkwein of Holy Cross, 8-2, in only showing at No. 2 doubles.
2012-13: Voted to the Academic All-Patriot League Team ... Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member ... went 10-5 in singles play during dual matches and 14-5 in doubles ... went 4-0 in at No. 2 singles ... played mostly at No. 3 doubles, earning a 12-5 mark alongside junior Henry Jang-Milsten ... lost in three sets at No. 56 Arkansas to open to the season before winning six of his next seven singles matches ... dropped a three-set decision to Navy's Nicholas Gutsche, 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, before avenging the loss in the Patriot League Tournament, 6-2, 6-4, to cap the season ... won seven of his final eight doubles matches ... went 4-1 against Patriot League foes, including an 8-1 Star Match win against Navy ... lone conference setback was a 9-7 decision at Bucknell.
2011-12: Named to the All-Patriot League second team ... tied for the team lead in dual match singles wins with 15 ... split time between Nos. 5 and 6 ... went undefeated against Patriot League foes (7-0) ... six of seven victories were in straight sets ... match against Navy's Tyler Burnett in the conference championship went unfinished ... strung together a five-match win streak which spanned March 31-April 15 ... teamed with classmate Alex Van Velzer for a 10-7 doubles record ... winning percentage (.588) ranked third on the squad among match regulars ... played exclusively at No. 2 doubles during the dual schedule ... the pair went 2-0 at the conference tournament, including an 8-6 victory over top-seeded Navy ... match against No. 2 Lehigh went unfinished despite being ahead 7-5.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-star recruit out of Williamston High School ... four-time MHSAA All-State selection ... two-time team MVP ... led team to state tournament all four years - first time at Williamston in nearly 20 years.
PERSONAL: Peter Dean Sienko ... born Feb. 7, 1992, in Lansing, Mich. ... son of Dean and Mary Jean Sienko ... sister Carolyn and brother Michael ... father is a Major General and sister is an Ensign in the Navy ... spent last year traveling to Russia and Mexico to broaden language and cultural skills ... likes to travel during his free time ... majoring in Russian.