Williamston senior and state title winner Michael Sienko has decided to continue his tennis career at West Point, but it won’t be next fall.
Sienko, who will be joining his brother Peter at Army, will wait a year before he heads to college.
But to call it a year off would be inaccurate. Sienko is planning on heading to Quebec, Italy or Spain to learn a language. Finding a nearby tennis facility to practice at is a deal breaker for his choice.
“It has to be a place where I can play tennis too, so it has to be a good fit,” Sienko said.
Sienko visited Army in mid-December and decided to attend on Dec. 19. During the visit, his brother showed him the facilities and the classrooms on campus.
In addition to being able to play with his brother, who will be a senior when the two are teammates, everything about the school seemed like a good fit.
“I really liked the experience,” Sienko said. “Everything is really nice. It seems like a perfect place, and that’s what I wanted to go.”
Sienko had previously said that he was considering Air Force, Michigan State and Detroit Mercy in addition to Army.
His decision also keeps a tradition alive in his family. His father, mother, brother and sister all have military ties.
“Everyone in my family has been in the military,” Sienko said. “I’m the next one in line.”
A season ago, Army went 16-13 overall and lost in the Patriot League championship to Holy Cross.
The addition of the younger Sienko will give the Black Knights a player who went undefeated in his senor season en route to a Division 4 state title for Williamston.
His brother was tied for a team-high 15 singles victories last season as a freshman with Army. He was a teammate of Michael’s at Williamston, as well.
“He seemed pretty excited,” the younger Sienko said. “It will be cool to be on the same team as him again.”