The rating system pertains to the fact that a 3.5/4.0 man is at a higher level than a 3.5/4.0 woman. Logically that would carry over into the several components that of a player's game. It doesn't make sense that 3.5/4.0 women would be better at volleying than men, yet in general be 0.5 below those men. Especially considering the fact that it requires more a advanced skillset to compete against men of the same level because they have more weapons to counter against. I can point out my anecdotal experience as well. I haven't seen much S&V from the women in 7.0 or 8.0. I haven't seen much as far as poaches either. If they were great at the net as a whole, then why would opponents so often hit right to the female net player as a strategy? Doesn't add up to me.