To watch Goddard seniors Tanner Lambky and Ryan Wolfe is to watch distinct parts of a winning doubles machine. Lambky plays the role of power hitter, while Wolfe’s game is more concentrated on finesse.
Lambky is more of a talker, while Wolfe is a bit more reserved. They are so different but so connected.
It is a doubles team partnership that began on the bus ride home from the state tournament their sophomore year. The two friends could not help but ask their coach about the upcoming season.
“We were like, ‘So, what’ve you got planned up for next year?’ ” Lambky said.
And Goddard coach Dan Buchanan showed no hesitation.
“I said, ‘I’m planning on you two playing doubles,’ ” Buchanan said.
After spending their offseason playing tournaments and taking lessons together, Lambky and Wolfe felt confident about their ability.
Despite some growing pains as they figured out how to play doubles, the pair finished 34-5 as juniors and qualified for state.
“It’s a success story that, we hope, continues yet this year,” Buchanan said.
And they have worked hard to see that it does. They continued taking lessons together and spent time just hitting around together.
“They know so much on doubles technique through their offseason work that it’s a matter of getting out now and playing matches,” Buchanan said.
When they do start playing matches, they have a goal in mind.
“I don’t want to drop a set,” Wolfe said.
Their individual strengths will be key to making it happen. Lambky’s serve and forehand bring the power, while Wolfe’s quickness and hustle are important to their success.
“He’ll dive for any ball,” Lambky said. “He puts all of his weight into every shot and, somehow, still stands up.”
While they are certainly individuals, their development into a cohesive unit is what makes them special.
“I’d say we’re just—we’re one,” Wolfe said.