Wootton opened up MCPS Gold Division play against cross-city rival Rockville in a match where the Patriots fell behind early in the first set before stepping up an aggressive serving campaign in front of its home fans. Six of the fifteen Wootton players that saw court action served aces, with freshman Paul Malinauskas leading the way with seven aces. Senior Mark Yang and sophomore Jeffrey Qiu recorded four aces each.
Once again, Yang, along with All-County senior Aaron Yee and Do-Everything senior Eray Wang led the Patriots to victory. Yee, along with Malinauskas, tallied 8 kills apiece. Qiu, along with junior Nic Texier had four kills each, while sophomore Henry Zhou Wang directed the Patriot offense to decisive wins in sets two and three, while sophomore setter Justin Fowler set the pace in the first and second sets before taking a much needed break. Sophomore Charles Wang had 2 kills and two blocks in his first varsity start.
As a team, Wootton hit at a .343 clip in the match.
Juniors Christopher Wong and Michael Ip, along with freshmen Cary Chin and Benjamin Wang, led the Patriot defense and passing game. Alan Ngyun and Eric Zhang came off the bench to close out the Wootton victory with strong blocking at the net.
The Patriots travel across county to face the Northwood Gladiators on Monday, March 28, 2011 in a Gold Division match. The coed match begins at 3:30 pm, followed by Yee, Yang, Wang and company.
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