Know the rules: 9.A Non-volley zone rules
Section 9.A. Non-volley zone rules: The non-volley zone is the area of the court bounded by the two sidelines, the non-volley line, and the net. The non-volley line and the sidelines are included in the non-volley zone.
The lines bordering the non-volley zone make up what is called the “kitchen.” This comes into play often during volleys near the net. As you become more aware of the playing space, you’ll recognize how much room you have to play, but until you do, it is very easy to find yourself “in the kitchen” at the wrong time.
If you happened to catch the 2019 USAPA Men’s National Open Final, you would have noticed that the players are very aware of the kitchen space during play. It is also interesting to note how they’re playing. The next time you’re playing with your group, try to take the long shot out of your game and replicate the shots you see in the video below. The more you can focus on controlling the ball and placement, the more developed your overall game will become.