Hi guys, this has been the second time that my partner and I got knocked out of the semis/finals of a tournament because we didn't warm up properly and other complex issues. first is the time of the day and warming up. After a whole day of round robin, the semis started the next day at 9am, so we had to get up at 7:30am and got there around 8:40ish and only had about 15min warm up for everything. It was very hard to get up in the morning, all muscles were sore, and warming up was very slow. We were not in sync, we were stiff, we were not anticipating/setting up the shots, we were making easy mistakes. Our opponents were not bad but we were the favourites. second is the court conditions. in the morning, the room was very cold and we could simply not warm up for the first game of the match. the points were all very short and we just never got into a rally or rythem. It wasn't until the 2nd game that we sort of started to sweat and warm up and get into it. third, dealing with nerves. This is the second time that i've served a serve into the net (hitting the tape) on game point. should I have served a high one? Should I have not tried to be so tight? Also, there was no variety in our shots. When defending, we automatically went for lifts. there were no blocks, no drives... autopilot was telling us to just lift lift lift... we did communicate. our opponents were older than us but not stronger. we knew wut to do, and sometimes our plan worked when we executed well... but they were just more steady than us, less mistakes. I think 2nd and 3rd could've been helped if we had a better warm up routine and relaxed muscles and body. everything just felt really stiff and out of rythem. Anyways, thanks for your thoughts.