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We use the 4-on-4 drill nearly every day in practice, because it's a good workout and helps the back row people play smarter.
We use a "diamond" configuration, with one designated setter in CF, one back row player, and two outside hitters.
When the opponent is hitting on the outside, the opposite outside player rotates back to the ten-foot line, just as they do in a 6-person game. We double block as much as possible.
The back row person must read the opposing hitters, so they can be ready to make a move quickly to get to the ball. This judgement an quick move based on all the opposing hitter's clues can help turn an ordinary back row player into a killer defensive specialist.
It's a great drill, working on every phase of the game.
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