Custom runs deep at Oklahoma State College and thru the Cowgirl tennis tradition.
Previous experiences from others helped land the Cowgirls a standout freshman in Mananchaya Sawangkaew, who hails from Singburi Metropolis, Thailand.
Former Large 12 Participant of the 12 months and ITA All-American Bunyawi Thamchaiwat is from Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. With selections on Sawangkaew’s future looming, Thamchaiwat advised her in regards to the OSU tennis custom and what life can be like from one Thailand native to a different.
“I talked with Bunyawi (Thamchaiwat) loads about coming right here,” Sawangkaew mentioned. “She’s additionally from Thailand and mentioned how good the whole lot is and that I ought to come to high school right here.”
Sawangkaew was recruited by different prime tennis packages within the nation. Together with seeing Bunyawi’s success and development in her time at OSU, Mananchaya additionally offers credit score to go coach Chris Young and this system that has been constructed for getting her to Stillwater.
“I selected right here as a result of I noticed so many good gamers on the crew, and Chris (Younger) has been so good and sort to me. Chris despatched messages to me about coming to high school right here. He talked about how good the gamers and services are and the way coming right here would assist my skilled targets. Chris’ perception in me makes me really feel assured in my tennis. Additionally, having a Thai tennis participant have success right here they get it and it made me select to come back right here.”
Sawangkaew makes her strategy to Cowgirl nation with a WTA rating of No. 567 in singles and No. 665 in doubles and enters faculty with an ITF junior career-high rating of 14 and has gained a 15K professional title in each singles and doubles.
Mananchaya started enjoying tennis at 4 years previous. When she was 12, she moved to Bangkok to pursue faculty and tennis.
“I began enjoying once I was 4,” Sawangkaew mentioned. “I began enjoying tennis as a result of my dad and sister performed and I began watching them. I actually favored it after watching them play.”
Chasing goals did not come with out some prices for Sawangkaew. She moved away from household at 12 they usually may solely go to her about as soon as a month.
“I lived within the dorm away from my household and attended an academy,” Sawangkaew mentioned. “It was so robust for me to be away from my household. There can be days I might cry as a result of I missed my household a lot, nevertheless it has helped me to develop up and to remain on my own and get used to it.”
Mananchaya performed excessive ranges of competitors earlier than coming to school.
“After I performed grand slams in juniors, I may get quite a lot of expertise as a result of I needed to play prime gamers,” Sawangkaew mentioned. “It was robust for me, and I attempted to do my greatest. I misplaced and got here again house to enhance to have the ability to compete in opposition to them once more. My purpose was to be prime 100 in singles and doubles.”
Now that she’s taken her skills to Stillwater, Sawangkaew has lofty aspirations for her time as a Cowgirl and past.
“I have been working more durable right here than I ever have,” Sawangkaew mentioned. The whole lot is sweet. My teammates have been serving to me loads. I wish to play in faculty and be an All-American. I wish to be an expert after.”
Coming to a college in a brand new nation is usually a problem, however Sawangkaew has the proper individuals round her to make Stillwater really feel like house on and off the courtroom.
“Having teammates from in all places has helped me training in opposition to different kinds and it has improved my tennis loads,” Sawangkaew mentioned. “My teammates have helped me loads with my English and homework. I’ve requested them to clarify issues they usually’ve helped me. I’ve tried to alter the language. I by no means have actually spoken English earlier than and it is laborious. My teammates and coaches have been serving to me loads.”
For now, Sawangkaew’s main is undeclared, however she has an curiosity in pursuing a level in college research. Her favourite factor about Stillwater to date is the meals.
Because the Cowgirls put together within the fall to tackle one other season, Sawangkaew is glad to be part of the crew.
“I’ve a professional match arising and I am excited to play,” Sawangkaew mentioned. “I’m pumped to play for the crew in January. I am joyful to be right here and be part of a crew.”