Match 2 versus 2

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Matches 2 versus 2
Sets of 9, 15, or 21 points depending on time available and matches organisation It is important to change opponents.

Aim of the task:

Win the match

Here we will find at the same time the problems of defence on opponent's serve and during the game, the organisation described above.

Moreover, we are attacking the opposite camp. We should consider that a player is in attack situation under two conditions:

  • The ball is situated in front of him, between him and the net.
  • He is facing the opposite camp and can see the target.

This is at the same time more tactically efficient (choice of the target) and technically easier (we hit in the direction of our floor supports and of the shoulders orientation). A player who has the ball behind him relative to the net, or who turns his back to the net, can "save" the ball by sending it towards the opposite camp but this is in fact a last resort "blind" defence move and not an attack.

Three hits easier than two!

For a direct counterattack (block or direct hit back on the first touch of the ball) the player is already facing the target. He can see the target. But when we play in several hits the relay player (setter) is often facing his own camp. It is then easier for him to give a good ball on front of his partner (between the latter and the net) rather that send the ball into the opponents court, i.e. at a target ha cannot see (blind zone). It is therefore easier to play in three touches rather than two.

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In the match, beyond the fun, we encounter the problem of game continuity in attack and defence which brings us to the problems of movements and replacements.

We spot the conditions for an attack:

  • Make a pass between the attacker and the net without necessarily looking to get close to it.
  • Attack when we see the ball and the opposite target.

And for defence:

  • Get organised for reception (2 at the back) and for your own serve (one player at the net).
  • Re-form in defence after attack.
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