You come in behind your serve in doubles and hit your first volley cross court toward the returner; but instead of being on offense, your team finds itself on DEFENSE, trying to figure out what your opponent will do. How come?
If you feel at a disadvantage because the returner now has the option of: driving a hard one down the middle, going down your partner’s line, rolling it cross court, or lobbing over your heads … you probably hit your first volley into “no volley-land”!
If your serve was strong and the return was weak, you or your partner should be attacking the ball as it floats over the net. And if not putting the ball away on that shot, you should at least setting it up for a put-away on the next one.
But if your serve was attackable and you were not in a real strong volleying position as you came to net, think about where that volley goes cross court. If you “just get it back in play” and your volley lands around the serve line, you are then at the mercy of the returner – who has all those options listed above.
But, as my New Hampshire tennis friend and regular doubles partner B. Manning coaches me, if you volley DEEP into the corner, the ball will land at the returner’s feet and HE will be in the defensive position – and you and your partner maintain the offense.
Or, hit a soft, drop volley that lands short in the service box; so the returner now has to run in and “volley up.” And again, you should maintain the offense.
So, stay out of No-man’s-land and don’t volley into “no volley-land” and give your opponent all the options.