May 18th - Score Updates
Below are the scores from yesterday's games. Churchill sweeps Whitman and Wootton sweeps Blair.
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|Churchill||Whitman||3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-20)|
Today's games across the county are as follows:
Clarksburg vs Quince Orchard 5:30 @ Quince Orchard
Northwest vs Sherwood 5:30 @ Northwest
Churchill vs Wootton 5:30 @ Churchill
Walter Johnson vs Blair 5:30 @ Blair
Wheaton vs Paint Branch 7:00 @ Wheaton
Rockville vs Gaithersburg 7:00 @ Rockville
Rankings By Division
As it stands so far, here are the rankings by division:
|Clarksburg (3-0)||Churchill (4-0)||Einstein (4-0)|
|Northwest (2-1)||Walter Johnson (2-1)||Wheaton (3-1)|
|Sherwood (2-1)||Wootton (2-2)||Gaithersburg (2-2)|
|Quince Orchard (1-2)||Whitman (1-3)||Blake (1-2)|
|Poolesville (0-4)||Blair (0-3)||Paint Branch (0-2)|
AP EXAM WEEK
This week's games happen to coincide with AP Exams, which will impact several teams around the county due to scheduling conflicts. Clarksburg, for example, will be missing starting OH Aaryan Patel today vs QO, and will be missing OH Nathan Goh on Thurs vs Sherwood. It will be interesting to see how the exam week will impact this week's matches across the county. If you know of other teams that will be affected by AP's, feel free to share in the comments!
Clarksburg faces Quince Orchard today, the last remaining team they have yet to play in Upcounty. Even without Patel, this will be a tough matchup for the Cougars, who currently sit at 1-2.
Northwest vs Sherwood should be a really competitive game today. Both teams are sitting at 2-1 and should be pretty evenly matched. If Sherwood continues to develop their talented young middle, Nathan Natoli, and tighten up their serve receive, they will be tough to beat. On Northwest's side, it looks like the Jags have yet to settle on their lineup. Over the last few matches I have seen Owen Ehlers and Andrew Fuentes switching off at setter/OH, and Terrell Wright playing both middle and opposite. Once they figure out their optimum lineup, the Jags should be able to develop a better offensive rhythm as they head closer to post-season.
Churchill swept Wootton yesterday and are continuing to steadily develop under head coach JJ Rathnam. The Bulldogs are starting to implement a triple block defensive scheme and are steadily improving their offense behind primary OH Andy Wang and MB Corwin Trouteaud. They clearly have their sights set on postseason competition and are preparing accordingly.
Wootton was once again without OH Hayden Agan, but the Patriots were still able to easily sweep Blair yesterday. Wootton has the biggest MB in the county in Kyle Foster and a hard-hitting outside hitter in Matthew Hou, but will need to improve their backrow defense to stand a chance against Churchill, who they will face today at 5:30.
Blair has the misfortune of being grouped in a tough division and will be challenged once again in today's matchup with WJ. WJ's young setter, Joseph Morris, is doing a great job of orchestrating this team's offense, which shows flashes of greatness mixed with inconsistency. As the season goes on, if the Wildcats continue to mesh, they can become a serious force to reckon with in the playoffs.
Wheaton faces Paint Branch and Gaithersburg plays Rockville. Wheaton has some size in their front row, but will definitely need to strengthen their serve receive before playoffs. That said, they should still have more than enough to beat Paint Branch today.
Gaithersburg and Rockville are more closely matched than their records may lead you to believe. I predict Gaithersburg will win today, but this could easily go in Rockville's favor if the Rams have a hot serving day.
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