Patra Sangpoompong - The Behrend Beacon

Athlete of the Week: Patra Sangpoompong

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Author: Zoe McCabe (staff writer)

Penn State Behrend has chosen another athlete of the week for an athletic performance that has caught the attention of many people.
This week, freshman athlete Patra Sangpoompong has been chosen for her ability to dominate on the tennis courts. Not only did she receive athlete of the week for Penn State Behrend, but she was also selected for AMCC’s women’s player of the week after recent singles and doubles wins against D’Youville and Pitt-Greensburg. She currently has the best singles record for the team, with a record of seven wins and only one loss. “Patra has been a great surprise and has played very well in both singles and doubles,” said head coach Jeff Barger.
Sangpoompong was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Sangpoompong moved to Erie, Pa. her junior year of high school and completed both her junior and senior year at Erie First Christian Academy before choosing to attend Penn State Behrend where she is an industrial engineering major.
When she was just 11 years old she started playing tennis. “I play tennis because I saw my brother playing,” she said. After seeing her brother play, she started off her career in Thailand, and she continued to play in Thailand until she entered her sophomore year in high school. “School was very hard and then I moved to Erie so I never really had a chance to play,” she said.
Luckily, she was able to pick up playing tennis again when she arrived at Behrend this fall. For her, “the season has been great and the team has been fun.”
The Behrend Lions have an overall 7-7 record and a 6-2 record in their conference. Sangpoompong makes sure not to let rivalry affect their friendships with each other. “During matches everyone is serious, but after they are over, everyone is happy again,” she said.
The Lions only have the AMCC Tournament left on October 20 and 21 before the fall season comes to the end. A new season will resume in the spring and Sangpoompong said she is looking forward to playing again.