One important thing, probably every choach tells you, is: If you’re (in the front row and) not blocking, you’re doing block-cover.
Most often you’d only have 2 blockers against the attack from a WS (your opposite WS would have to run all the 9m to the other side and than back+some steps more for his own attack preparation which is quite a lot). These two blockers (Tsukishima + Kageyama) cover for the diagonal attack of the WS as that is the most common way for attack from the side. Your left WS (Asahi) and your opposite in the back (Daichi) would stand relatively close behind the block to cover for tipped balls that would drop short behind the block. Daichi would also be responsible for any straight attack from the WS, so he’d stand a bit more to the back than Asahi. Your WS in the back/Libero would be your main defense against any diagonal attack from the WS; that’s the position that gets hit when the attack passes left (from Karasuno’s perspective) of the block. Your middle (or here WS (Tanaka), 'cause the MB got switched for the Libero) is responsible for balls that go over the block and farther to the back; also for those that get (maybe tossed) in a high arch on the far right back. We had one opponent that would constantly toss a ball there from their WS and I had to dive quite a few times.
If their opposite WS attacked, you’d have to think of the defense as mirrored: Asahi and Tsukishima in the block, Kageyama and Nishinoya for block follow, with Nishinoya covering the straights, and Tanaka for the back but standing more to the right.
2a) Here both WS&S would come into the middle for the block which would cover a wide area to the side. That is definitely a situation where you’d try tipping over the block either short behind or to the side which is why Nishinoya and Daichi would mostly cover for the block. Tanaka is still defending the back row.
2b) Blocking with two people in the middle is more common, though I don’t actually know which player would participate in the block more often, Asahi or Kageyama. Here I drew with Kageyama; for Asahi just think of it mirrored like with the WS-attack. Asahi would be doing block-cover here, same as Daichi though he’d also cover for any attack that goes through the block on that side. Though in theory the block covers that side as it would be positioned a bit more the the right (making Kageyama’s way a bit shorter). Which leaves the left side a bit more open, but we got Nishinoya for that. Also Tanaka wouldn’t be standing right behind the block but also a bit to the left where he can see the attacker just past the block. He’s still responsible for any high arch ball to the back (on the right). If it was Asahi instead of Kageyama blocking, Tanaka would stand a bit more to the right respectively.
Personally I consider Daichi’s position harder; I always quite liked Tanaka’s position. ^^
At least in girls’ volleyball you’d have relatively much time for the defense when standing in the back. And there wouldn’t be many really hard/fast straight hits by the WS to go all the way to the back on the right; those would mostly be in a high arch. Same for going around the 3-block in the middle: an attack with a relative high curve to go over it, so you usually got enough time to move under the ball or at least do a dive. Also the ball travels quite a long way back to the setter which means the setter has enough time to compensate if your receive isn’t all that well.
From Daichi’s position the ball has only a really short/fast way to the setter so there’s less time for error compensation. What I always considered quite difficult on that position is for the WS attack: deciding wether to move a step more forward for better block-cover or moving a step back to prepare for a hard straight. You can theoretically take the straight with your hand above your head when you’re more to the front which is a bit like a toss but you make your hands really hard so it’s more like the ball rebounds than an actual toss, but that gives you less control over the ball.
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