Photo by Lukas Eggen
Lynn Gumpinger hits during practice on April 13.
As of Wednesday, April 20, 2016
DALLAS — Prior to high school, Addie Gillette and Lynn Gumpinger’s experience in doubles tennis consisted mainly of what they saw on TV.
This spring, the duo came together to form Dallas’ top doubles pair.
Gillette’s switch to doubles began last season when she played with former player Dana Taylor.
“I thought I was going to play singles,” Gillette said. “(Coach Jordan) Sollman put me in doubles with Dana. She was a senior. I was fortunate to play with her. I learned a ton.”
This spring, all she needed was a new partner.
Gumpinger played singles in 2015, but Sollman saw chemistry between the two players.
“Compatibility is huge for doubles,” Sollman said. “... They can be skilled, but if they can’t mesh with their partner, they aren’t going to win too many matches. It’s as simple as that.”
Sollman saw his match.
Gumpinger was excited to try the change — even if it meant learning to be more aggressive.
“It’s hard for me to put away the point,” Gumpinger said. “In singles, I was a little more defensive and tried to get the ball back over. In doubles, you have to find the gaps and angles and hit good shots.”
The pair may not be the most experienced, but they’ve learned quickly, rising to the Dragons’ top doubles spot.
And as the pair works to round into top form for districts in May, they’re excited to see what they can accomplish.
“We have a better sense of playing together,” Gillette said. “I think we can do well at districts if we keep progressing.”