Feeling bad about a non-call: how would you have handled this?
There is another thread going on about whether you can call your own serve out...
I had something similar happen in a match yesterday, but from the reverse perspective. Here is the sequence of events:
* We were the receiving team, my partner was receiving.
* I was reflecting on the previous point and lost focus momentarily as the server was serving. So I didn't track the serve all the way but turned my head to look right at the instant that the serve bounced.
* In that instant I thought I saw it land a few inches out but didn't make the call immediately because I only got a quick glimpse.
* My partner didn't make the call either and popped the ball up for an easy sitter to the opposing netman.
* As the ball was in the air, I was still thinking that the serve was probably out, but now was even less inclined to call it out, seeing as how it was looking as if our opponent were going to win the point, and calling it out late might appear to be an attempt to hook them.
* But as it turns out, the opposing netman muffs the sitter into the net.
At this point, the server looks at us accusingly and complains that the serve was out. I explained that I was not sure that the serve was out and was giving them the benefit of the call at the time of the return. We moved on to the next point.
As it turns out it would have made no difference to the outcome of the game or match. But after the match I was still feeling bad about this and was thinking that maybe we should have offered to play a let, since I really did think the serve was out although I was not sure. But then again, had the netman put away the sitter, I doubt the opponents would have turned down the point.
So... what would you have done, both at the time of the return, and after the sitter was put into the net?