Michael Sienko might have a knack for perfectly placing the tennis ball with each shot, but when it comes to finding a place for his medals and trophies, he’s a work in progress.
“For my high school medals, I’ve lost a lot of them since they are really pretty small,” Sienko said. “Sometimes I just give them to a guy on my team for fun.”
And he doesn’t exactly have a prime spot for his latest piece of hardware for winning the Division 4 state title.
“The state championship medal is in my bathroom right now chilling by the sink,” Sienko said.
But Sienko can do whatever he wants with his medals because he’s earned every single one of them. His win in the state championship match completed a 28-0 season for the Williamston standout.
In those 28 matches, he was taken to a third set twice and lost just 49 of 403 games.
After falling in the state title match a season ago, Sienko made it his mission to have a memorable senior season.
“I worked really hard after my junior season finished up until winning the state championship as a senior,” he said. “It paid off.”
For Williamston’s first-year head coach Jennifer Nalepa, having Sienko on the team made her job easier.
“He’s been through a lot of matches before,” she said. “I don’t have to go up and talk to him. I can wait for him to figure it out on his own.”
The best example of that can be seen in his matches against Portland’s Chance Conley, who defeated Sienko in the 2011 state final.
This year, Sienko beat Conley three times, going to three sets in the first two matches before beating him 6-1, 6-0 for the championship.
Sienko has kept busy since the high school season ended. He’s been playing everyday and competing in USTA events.
Over the next few months, he will make his college visits before deciding where to continue his career.
But somewhere in that schedule, Sienko is committed to finding some time to sort through those medals and trophies.
“They are getting kind of dusty,” he said. “I have to clean them off because they have been there for years.”