Patriots improve to 2-0 with 25-14, 25-11, 25-18 win.
Wootton's home opener against a tall, athletic Damascus team was a solid showing with every Patriot contributing. Once again, in game 1, Aaron Yee and Tony Malinauskas led the Wootton attack, Michael Ip and Chris Wong played strong defense, and Eray Wang and Kevin Liang contributed solid utility play. Nicolas Texier and, in his first start, Eric Zhang, were forces at the net in the middle. Freshman Justin Fowler directed the Wootton offense in games 2 and 3, with strong performances by Clayton Zhang, Jeffrey Qiu, Mark Yang, Elliott Liu, and Xinyuan Wang.
A highlight of the match was senior Zo "serve me at your own risk" Asmail's debut in the back row. Holding off a Damascus rally in game three, Zo rallied the team (punctuated by multiple ovations from the bench), with several clutch "fist bumps" and a final zinger to Eric "I will accept your zing" Zhang for the final kill.
The Patriots will head into Spring Break with a 2-0 record and will face a stearn test upon their return when they travel to Rockville to face a well-coached Rams team on Wednesday, April 7.