>> ... what do you think would be harder?? Put a ball away in a 30 by
>> 30 court with one blocker and one digger, or against TWO blockers and
>> TWO diggers?
>Digging a ball by yourself in a 30x30 court sounds harder. Blocking by
Which implies that you agree that hitting is *easier* in the 2-man
game, since it's harder for defenders to stop the hits.
>Hitting when the blocker knows exactly where you're going to be.
But it's even worse in the 4-man game: you still have one blocker
who always knows exactly where you're going to be, and a second
blocker is always coming over to help. (That second blocker is
somebody unreasonable, too, like Hanan or Buck or Salmons -- each of
them roughly at the level of a Whitmarsh.) Consider: if the 4-man
offense is *successful* in its goal of isolating its hitters 1-on-1,
that's still the same 1-on-1 situation as in the 2-man game. So
4-man hitter-blocker confrontations *reduce* to 2-man __in the best
How's this: hitting when you know there's only one defender behind
the block, so you can just place a shot where he ain't and he won't
even bother to turn his head to watch it land. This tactic doesn't
work as well when there are 2 diggers behind the block. So hitters
in the 4-man game are *always* at a disadvantage compared to those
in the 2-man game: they have to hit against just as many blockers,
if not more, and they don't have the luxury of resorting to shots to
save bad sets.
>Receiving jump serves when there are only two of you.
From what I've seen, most 4-man teams use just 2 passers, also.
Again, no real difference. In fact, I'd thing that 4-man passing is
more demanding because passers must deliver more accurate passes to
feed the quick middle attack in order to reduce their own
confrontations to just 1 blocker.
>All these sound harder.
OK, by skill, the game that is harder to play, in terms of technical
skill required, IMHO:
Digging: 2-man. As noted, you is all alone back there.
Blocking: 2-man > 4-man OH: no help coming across, can't
rely as much on the defense behind you.
4-man MB > 2-man: 'nuff said. (Hi, Dan :-)
Setting: 4-man. You *must* hand-set, and run an offense.
Hitting: 4-man. Lower, faster sets, against more
blockers and more diggers.
Serving: Toss-up. (ha ha, get it?)
Passing: 4-man. Must deliver pinpoint passes for the
Endurance: 2-man. Gotta run, can't hide.