>I was playing grass doubles against a friend of mine yesterday when he dumped
>the ball over on the second hit. He called a "bad set" on himeself because
>he was not "set", meaning his feet were not on the ground. The set was
>perfectly perpendicular to his shoulders, but he was in the process of jump
>setting. Oddly enough, I was arguing that the play was legal, and he was saying
>it was not. Who was right?
There is a tradition of calling these sorts of plays outdoors because
they are really mistakes, and people feel guilty by profiting from
questionable ball handling. Generally the reasoning seems to be that if
you hand-set over on two you probably carried or double-contacted. This
is borne out by the tradition that bump-sets over on two are not called
and are completely legal.
Strictly speaking, though, if you overset with the hands and it's a clean,
straight-ahead or straight-back set, it is legal. This isn't generally
a problem with the pros because the other team will spike an overset
because they're usually up blocking, but lower-level players block a lot
less and will be surprised by this and let them drop.