This is my first year at 4.0, and I am noticing something about how ladies play the net. I had a very tough match last night. The other three ladies on the court were stronger than me, and they play 8.0 mixed, 9.0 mixed, 8.5 ladies combo. They win a lot, so they know what they are doing. The server's partner often lined up well off the net. Like, just in front of the service line. There were no attempts to poach service returns, even though everyone had good volleys. The net player just stood there and waited for a ball to come her way, and when one did she would crush it or do something smart with it. I don't get it. Why aren't these capable volleyers faking/poaching? The reason I ask is that, well . . . I don't much like it when my partner is a spectator at the net. I want her to be an unpredictable nuisance up there. I want her to help me hold. I don't want to be responsible for every ball except those I can get the opponents to pop up to her waiting racket. Is this typical? I feel like I am searching for partners who will be active at net, who will poach, but the higher I go the less I am seeing this. I have had two strong 4.0s tell me that poaching is not their game. I am starting to wonder if the game is played differently at the higher levels. Players are much more likely to S&V or follow their returns to net. The movement for that is forward. What I am not seeing is movement sideways in the form of poaching.