Originally Posted by Cindysphinx
I don't think that works very well.
If a lob goes up and my partner is going to play it, I will immediately move to the service line. Then if the smash comes back, we have two people at net. Perfect.
If I have to hang around in a position that would allow me to retrieve the lob should my partner abort on her smash (basically backing her up), I will not be at the other service line. Instead, we will be in a ragged I formation, and half the court is open.
When we practice this, we focus on training the lobbee to make the call, 'cause that lob is her ball because it is going over her head. If the lobbee remains silent, the deep person should take this silence to mean the lobbee is going to hit a smash, so the deep person goes to the service line (if the lobbee wants help, she had better ask for it). If the mute lobbee does not play the smash, the ball will fall unplayed behind the lobbee and the pro will scold the lobbee.
Also, no lobs are supposed to bounce. If the lobbee says to switch in a timely fashion, the deep player -- who was on her way to the net -- is supposed to cross and take the lob out of the air as an approach volley.
Yeah, it's difficult and demanding, but you can kill people by playing this way.
My scenario involves lobs over a net team, meaning a lob that must be bounced.
I don't like the lobbee calling it. Often they don't know that can't hit an effective overhead until the last second. (They were premature.) The partner has a better angle of observation.
So, here's how it works. The lobbee starts to back up to hit an overhead. (This usually happens on the service line or closer. After the service line, you need a pretty decent overhead.) At about the service line the lobbee will know whether to overhead or not. The partner is shadowing (along side) the lobbee, waiting for the decision. If it's an overhead, the partner turns and goes to volley position. If a bounce condition, the lobbee switches and the partner makes the return.
Usually, if a team can lob over the head of another team so that they can't overhead it, that team will take up position at the net. An approach volley shouldn't be effective.