Last night we had a league match. My partner and I won the first set 6-1, and lost the next two, 3-6, 6-0. What happened ? They got smart. They kept the ball away from me at net. But we really lost because my partner stopped talking to me, we fell apart as a team. She blamed me for her missed shots because I 'jump around at the net and distract her. I missed my fair share too, but she didn't shake my hand after the match and didn't talk to me at the table afterwards (she did still drive me home at least). The opponent's were crafty and I give them a lot of credit for their win. But, about net play - how much should the net person 'jump around' How much can the back player be expected to take ? I don't stand there, that's for sure. If I see a their net person might take a ball, I scurry back. I'll try for every ball that isn't sharply angled or too high. If I can't get to it, I duck under the net. I try to open the net for my partner, and close it for the opponent. When I'm back this isn't an issue, because I know I can't sustain these stupid endless cross court rallys and I come in quickly, so I really don't know how it is for her. We also play together on the club team, so finding a solution is kind of important. I'd really like to know, before she and I discuss it, what others think the role of the net player is.