May 21, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's tennis team officially put the lid on its 2013-14 season by holding its annual awards banquet on Wednesday evening at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center.
Army recognized 10 award winners for nine different honors on Wednesday, including junior Alex Van Velzer, who was named the team's most-valuable player after finishing 14-4 in dual matches, including a 3-0 mark in the Patriot League Tournament. Van Velzer dropped just five games in the conference tournament to earn Patriot League Tournament MVP honors.
At the end of the event, 12th-year head coach Jim Poling announced junior Peter Sienko as the captain for the 2014-15 season. Sienko went 7-2 in singles matches and 8-4 in doubles competition this past season after drawing All-Patriot League Second Team honors as a sophomore.
By defeating service-academy rival Navy in the Patriot League Championship, Army qualified for the NCAA Tournament for just the sixth time in program history. With the win, the Black Knights picked up their 20th victory of the season to become one of just four teams in Academy history to reach the 20-win plateau. Army ended the year with a match against No. 4 Virginia in the NCAAs on May 10 to cap its impressive 20-6 season.
2014 Army Men's Tennis Awards
Captains Award: Asika Isoh, Henry Jang-Milsten
Hardest Worker Award: Sam Lampman, Cameron Voigt
Clutch Performer Award: Grant Riechmann
Inspirational Leader Award: Henry Jang-Milsten
Best Winning Percentage: Roman Cacha - .909 (10-1)
Unsung Hero Award: Joshua Cook
Most Valuable Player: Alex Van Velzer
Most Improved Singles Player: Kyle Barnes
Most Improved Doubles Player: Austin McCasin