So I went over the Volleyball Canada rulebook for 2018-2019, but I couldn't find anything about a certain situation that occurs often when I play volleyball with friends/colleagues.
What will sometimes happen is that, during a service, a player on the front-row of the receiving team will jump and return the ball to the serving team by hitting it with both hands at the same time (as if he was trying to "spike" it with two hands). We're wondering whether this move is legal or not:
- Is returning a serve from the front row by jumping legal?
- Is hitting the ball (in a spike-like motion) with two hands at the same time (contact is made with both hands) legal?
If that helps, when this happens, the ball is usually not over the net (net height), but below it. From our point of view, it looks like a full blown "block" or "attack". Not a receive, nor a set attempt.