Playing in the second of six matches during a 12 day stretch, the Wootton boys met Northwood in a contest that had playoff implications. The winner earns a step up in the race for the Gold Division title, which assures a spot in the playoffs. The outcome of each set could be a determining factor in playoff seeding. With that in mind, the Patriots went to work.
Aarron Yee, Tony Malinauskas and Kevin Liang carried the offensive load for the Patriots in the first set. Eray Wang and Christopher Wong added precision passing; Nic Texier and Clayton Zhang patrolled the net.
In set two, Justin Fowler led a versatile lineup of Jeffrey Qiu, Eric Zhang, Malinauskas, Wong and Yee. Michael Ip had a solid game at libero, while Mark Yang came off the bench to push the Patriots to 25.
Set three featured a left-handed offense for one rotation, with Fowler directing the action feeding southpaws Elliott Liu and Yang on their strong side in the middle and right side. Qiu, Eric Zhang and Chris Wong played solid all-around games.
The patriots hit the road again on Monday, April 12 at 5:15 pm against Northwest in another Gold Division match.