Patriots prevail over Rockets, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 26-24.
Cross-town rivals Richard Montgomery Rockets and Wootton Patriots went head-to-head in an evenly matched contest Tuesday night, picking up from when they last met in an epic five game match in April 2008. With both teams playing at a higher level than 2008, RM and Wootton, along with Wheaton High School, are shaping up as favorites for the division title and hoping to compete for the county championship. The Patriots got the upper hand this time in a close match that featured a solid all-around performance by the Wootton starting six (though playing without veteran Richard Fan).
Of note, for Wootton, are the players that didn't see action against RM. The younger Patriots have found a way to use their considerable skills to push the veterans in practice. To prepare for RM's excellent defense, the Wootton starters had to compete with the likes of talented first year players Michael Ip, Chris Wong, Eric Zhang, and George Ewald, along with the steady play of veterans Xin Wang, Mark Yang and Zhenyang Zhang in practice. Not an easy task. Setter/Hitter Eray Wang, when not playing with Wootton's first team, is more than capable of beating them in practice. Tuesday's victory had its roots in a sweaty Wootton gym beginning in early March, where the team philosophy is put to practice: prepare with purpose, compete with intensity, and have fun!