At my lower level of play, if we come across a team that serves and stays back – or one player camps on the baseline, with their partner at the net – we smile and say “We will win this match.”
It seems to me that a receiving team that takes the net in that situation will invariably have the advantage and be able to win many more points at the net than they lose.
Why do the pros so often play that formation? I think they are relying on the baseliners groundstrokes and the net players ability to pick off a groundstroke. If both teams keep that formation, there is no real advantage; but if one team has both players come forward, it appears the aggressors gain a distinct advantage.
So why do it? I do not know. Anyone?
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