CURLING: USA women improve to 1-1 at 2008 World Women's Championship

March 23, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2008 USA women get in win column at 2008 World Women's Championship (VERNON, British Columbia) - The American ladies got in the win column with a solid 9-4 defeat of Japan's Moe Meguro team Saturday night at the 2008 Ford World Women's Championship at the Greater Vernon Multiplex. Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.) led her team to a big start en route to the team's first win after dropping the opening game to Denmark earlier today. The U.S. scored three points in the first end and never lost the lead. Improving to 1-1 with McCormick are teammates Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Madison, Wis.) and Tracy Sachtjen (Lodi, Wis.), who is playing for Natalie Nicholson who is still suffering from flu-like symptoms. "Our execution was a lot better tonight," said Joraanstad, who works as a human resources senior assistant with TDS Telecom in Madison. "We wanted to come out a bit more aggressive and make them make the tough shots. They did take away some steals from us to stay in the game." The U.S. forced Meguro to make a tough draw in the second end after McCormick made a perfect hit and roll to the four-foot behind plenty of cover. Meguro calmly drew the button for one point. The Japanese women kept that momentum heading into the third end as they got a stone in the four-foot early in the end and kept it covered. McCormick tried a difficult side angle raise to promote one of her stones further into the rings but hit it too firm and pushed it straight out the house to give up a steal of one. Japan was poised to steal another point in the fourth end until Joraanstad bailed out the team with a double peel that also removed the Japanese shot stone. The U.S. eventually blanked that end and was left with just one stone in scoring position in the fifth end. The U.S. got a nice end set up in the sixth as Meguro was staring down three U.S. rocks as she drew the button yet again for one point. "They were faced with difficult shots throughout, and that helped keep us in control," said Joraanstad, who is making her third straight appearance at Worlds. The U.S. would break away from the Japanese in the seventh end when McCormick set up a big end after making a double takeout with her first stone. Meguro wrecked on a guard on her takeout attempt and left McCormick, the 2003 world champion, with a draw for three. Japan was forced to another single point in the eighth end and wouldn't score again in the match. McCormick came up short on her draw for two in the ninth end but it wouldn't matter as the Americans kept the house relatively empty in the 10th end to secure the victory. The U.S. ladies only have one game tomorrow on Easter Sunday as they face Italy's Diana Gaspari (0-2) at 4 p.m. PT. Game scores: USA 9, Japan 4; Denmark 8, Italy 6; Canada 6, Switzerland 3; Germany 5, Czech Republic 4 (extra end) USA line score: Japan 011 001 010 0 4 USA* 300 010 301 1 9 *last stone in first end Standings: Denmark 2-0 Canada 1-0 China 1-0 Germany 1-0 Scotland 1-0 USA 1-1 Japan 1-1 Czech Republic 0-1 Russia 0-1 Switzerland 0-1 Sweden 0-1 Italy 0-2 USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).