June 18, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Army men’s tennis had five representatives on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as announced by the conference on Tuesday. The Black Knights, who won the league’s regular-season title in 2013 after finishing conference play undefeated, had four repeat honorees as well as one freshman recognized by the Patriot League.
Junior Chad Llewellyn was named to the Academic Honor Roll for the third consecutive year, boasting the team’s highest grade point average at 4.245. The Life Science major from Frederick, Md., has maintained the team’s top GPA all three seasons while playing at the Academy and has a 1-3 career singles record and 3-1 career doubles mark.
Recent-graduate Alex Holland also became a three-time honoree after tallying a 3.268 GPA this spring. Holland, who served as the team captain in 2013, became a Second Lieutenant in May and graduated with a degree in American Legal Studies. He finished his four-year career with a 30-61 singles record and 53-43 doubles mark.
Sophomore Peter Sienko, Army’s lone representative on the Patriot League All-Academic Team this spring, also earned a spot on the Academic Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. Sienko majors in Russian and earned a 3.992 GPA this spring while going 10-5 in singles and 14-5 in doubles matches.
Sophomore Alex Van Velzer, an International Relations major with a 3.665 spring semester GPA, earned an Academic Honor Roll nod for the second straight season as well. Van Velzer, who missed the majority of the season recovering from an injury, returned late in the spring to earn a 4-3 singles mark.
Freshman Harrison McCormick rounded out Army’s Honor Roll award recipients by earning a 3.749 GPA in just his second semester at West Point. McCormick proved to be an ace on the court as well, earning team-high totals in singles wins (22) and doubles victories (23).
“I’m proud of our guys,” said Army head coach Jim Poling. “To me, this shows how they battle not only on the courts but in the classrooms as well. To excel in multiple facets of their lives here at the Academy, which can be incredibly demanding, really speaks volumes of their character and commitment.”
To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League’s winter or spring championship sports. Lehigh and Bucknell led the men’s tennis teams with six honorees apiece, followed by Army and Colgate with five. For the full list and Patriot League release, click here.
Name / Class / Major / GPA / Hometown/High School
Alex Holland / Sr. / American Legal Studies / 3.268 / Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg
Chad Llewellyn / Jr. / Life Science / 4.245 / Frederick, Md./Marion Military Institute
Harrison McCormick / Fr. / Undeclared / 3.749 Berwyn, Pa./Episcopal Academy
Peter Sienko / So. / Russian 3.992 / Williamston, Mich./Williamston
Alex Van Velzer / So. / International Relations / 3.665 / Montgomery, Texas/Home Educated