Well to start off, I'm a player with a 1hb and a western forehand, and an OK serve (That strikes fear in no one). So today I decided to go out on the court before the rain storms hit SoCal and hit on a ball machine when a guy suddenly asked to play with me. Now I am 4.5 player (At least I'd like to think so) and after a few minutes of hitting with this guy, I was able to tell from the work and pace of his shots that he was pretty good. I asked him what his NTPR is and he said a 4.5 with a 5.0 serve. I assumed the 4.5 part, but the 5.0 serve got me interested. I asked to play a match and he obliged. We flipped a racquet and he got to serve, and I felt pumped up (Though in a few minutes I wouldn't be). Very first point, I got aced down the T with a serve which I am pretty sure was about 100 MPH. This pretty much said it all about the match. No matter what I did, I could never get a rhythm. I have an all court game that I make use of, but I never got to employ any of my variety at any point during the match. During his service games, though I read his serve very well over the course of it, my weak replies would just get crushed by him at the net. On my service games he ripped apart my second serve (I was having trouble making my first serve) flat and deep, so I could not even get ready for the shot as I was still unwinding from my serve. This was highly frustrating to say the least, because every point was about 3 shots. Some of the things I tried to do, but I guess failed were: 1. Keep my swings on returns short 2. Try to get the ball down at his feet So my question is how does one play a serve and volleyer with such a power game? Any help would be very much appreciated.