When playing serve and volley in doubles, where should you hit your first volley?
Try to return the first volley back to the crosscourt receiver. If your volley goes deep back to the receiver, look for a lob first, then look to close in on the volley. If they return a low shot back to you, go back to the deep player and hold your position. If they return the ball as a high volley or overhead, take this shot to the closest opponent to you, this will stop the lobbing.
If your first volley goes crosscourt, landing short to the receiver (pulling the receiver in toward you), stop where you are, and look to make a reflex volley. Hitting your first volley too wide is a common mistake. It seldom wins the point and allows your opponents to hit angle shots both down the line and crosscourt.
A common mistake on the first volley is hitting it too hard, causing too many errors. Learn to hit your first volley at the same pace that you warm-up. If the opposing net player is poaching often, then you should keep him or her honest by occasionally hitting your first volley down the line. This is not a high percentage shot but necessary to combat an aggressive poacher.
Good luck on the courts!