I'm currently playing in a club doubles league (non-USTA). The format is a bit unusual: there are 12 payers and every week you get to play with a different partner. The league is supposed to be 3.5-4.0 level. I'm a computer-rated 3.5. We played the first round of matches past Monday. My partner-for-the-day was a strong 4.0; the opponents were a 4.0 woman (subbing for a guy who did not show up) and a 3.0 guy. We won easily, 6:0, 6:2. After the 'official' match was over (which took all of 45 min) we changed partners and played another set. The lady and I won against the 4.0-3.0 team, 7:5. While that 'unofficial' set could have gone either way, the determining factor that evening clearly was the weekest player on the court, the 3.0 guy. Here comes the rub: that 3.0 guy will be my partner in the next round. I'm new to this league and never played against our next week's opponents nor seen them play. One of them is rated 3.0, somewhat misteriously since tennislink shows he played a lot of league/tournament tennis last season with an overall winning record, including some 3.5 dubs/mixed wins. There is no record on the other guy; I'll have to assume he's a solid 3.5, which may or may not be the case. A potentially complicating factor is that I'm more of a singles player. Poaching is not my strength, and my volleying in general is no better than par-3.5. I do have an effective serve and good forehand; my one-handed backhand is OK but certainly not a weapon. As for my partner-to-be, from what I've seen the other day: his serve is quite consistent but has little pace; forehand and backhand are what you'd expect at 3.0, i.e. little pace/control and easy to force an error off; volleys are probably the best part of his game, he was effective putting away sitters the other night but could not handle harder-hit passing shots. Given all this info (and there might have been a bit of info overload, sorry) what would be a viable game plan for our team? Basically I'm looking for advice on doubles formations/tactics that would take the presure off my partner and shift it my way.