After helping EWU capture the school's first-ever Big Sky tournament title in 2008, Pannhara Mam continues to make history, now as a member of the Cambodian national team
Pannhara Mam, a former men's tennis standout at Eastern Washington University, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime.
Three years after wrapping up his collegiate career at EWU, Mam was invited to participate in tennis' most prestigious international team competition. Mam will represent Cambodia in the country's Davis Cup debut, which officially begins this week in Doha, Qatar.
"It's great to see Pun out there still competing at a high level," said EWU head coach Darren Haworth. "He was one of the best players we've had here at Eastern, and was always a lot of fun to watch. I think he'll do a great job representing the Cambodian Davis Cup team."
This is a truly historic event for Cambodia, as the newest nation to join the tournament field. The Tennis Federation of Cambodia (TFC) was recently elevated to B Class membership - making the country eligible for Davis Cup competition for the first time in history.
Mam will compete alongside his brother, Vetu, who was a two-year letterwinner at Portland State. Pannhara and Vetu were born and raised in Salem, Ore., but their father, Sara, is a native of Cambodia.
While at Eastern, Mam was selected to the All-Big Sky First-Team as freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. He is the first and only player in Eastern Washington history to be honored on the prestigious list all four years. In 2008, Mam helped the Eagles capture the school's first ever Big Sky tournament title with a 4-3 upset of Sacramento State in the championship match.
He is third in the EWU record book for career singles wins, having amassed a total of 48 throughout his tenure. Mam, along with former doubles partner Kyle Schrader, owns the school record for career doubles wins. The duo posted 40 wins together from 2007-09.