Wootton comes up short, 16-25, 21-25, 24-26
The Wootton boys knew going in to their match against Walter Johnson that they would be facing a tall, athletic, more experienced team led by one of the elite players in Montgomery County. It was a match that the Wootton team looked forward to as a measure of how far the team had progressed since practice began in early March. Walter Johnson is a talented team with solid fundamentals and offensive firepower, and gave Wootton a taste of the level of play needed to compete for championships. Despite the loss, Wootton competed with a higher level of intensity than it had in its first three matches of the season.
Richard Fan and Aaron Yee led the Patriot offense with their setting; except for a few stretches, Wootton's passing game was solid, and its defensive effort was the best so far this season. Good all-around performances by Kevin Wong, Matt Jasnoff, and Rex Hsu kept the Patriots in the match, while Eddie Shi, Wensheng Wei, Tim Kim and Sam Kim provided specialized skills in specific rotations.
The challenge now is to apply the lessons learned to focus upcoming practices, and respond with a more informed perspective and the level of intensity needed to compete at a higher level. The Patriots hit the road on Monday, April 14 for a match at Seneca Valley. Game time is 5:15 pm, followed by the Coed match.