When You’re At The Net:
In the first situation, you and your partner are both at the net, leaning forward and looking to be aggressive. Your opponents sense this and lob over your heads. What happens next?
First of all, I believe BOTH partners should start coming back. If the ball is reachable for an overhead, one of you should call for it and hit the overhead to stay aggressive.
But let’s say it is definitely over your heads and going to land in. As you BOTH run back to the baseline (because your partner should NOT stay out of position at the net), you should COMMUNICATE with each other, saying that is will be IN or OUT and as to who is getting it.
I have been told that, if the ball is debatable, it is the player who will have the forehand to return the ball who should take it.
When You’re Serving:
The second situation is much more debatable. Your team is serving and you are coming to the net behind your serve.
Whose ball is it when they lob over your net partner’s head?
Argument #1: It is the net man’s responsibility to cover the lobs over his head. You are the server and pumping your chubby, little legs as hard as you can to get to the net; so it would be very difficult for you to stop your foreword motion to cover that lob.
Argument #2: It is the server’s responsibility to “slide over” and take the lob as an overhead or at the baseline. You want your net man to stay aggressive and leaning foreword to pick off any return of serve that he can. If he is feeling defensive and feels the need to start back from the net, you lose more than you gain.
I think in both cases, both players need to come back to avoid the “one-up-one-back” situation; but I do not know WHICH is the right answer.