CURLING: USA ends 2008 World Women's Championship on winning note

March 27, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2008 USA ends 2008 World Women's Championship on winning note (VERNON, British Columbia) - Team USA ended its run at the 2008 World Women's Championship with a hard fought 7-6 extra end win over Russia Thursday afternoon at the Greater Vernon Multiplex. Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.) and teammates Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Madison, Wis.) and Tracy Sachtjen (Lodi, Wis.) finish the competition with a 6-5 record but gain valuable points for the U.S. toward qualifying for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. This is the first time since 2002 that a U.S. team has not advanced to the playoffs at the women's world championship. "It's certainly disappointing to not make the playoffs," Pottinger said. "We've had a good year but just never got any breaks to build momentum on. We want to get back here and prove we're better than that six and five record." In a game reminiscent of so many others this week, the Americans played an up and down game with Russia's Luidmila Privivkova team but this time came out on the winning side. "It feels nice to end on a win, but it wasn't easy," Pottinger said. "This game was so symbolic of the entire week... a lot of missed opportunities." After the U.S. jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, the Russians tied the game with a takeout for two points. The teams exchanged singles over the next two ends and McCormick added another point in the sixth as she tried to blank the end. Russia struck for two again in the seventh on a successful takeout by Privivkova. McCormick made a tap-back for a single point in the eighth end to tie the game once again. Russia was forced to one in the ninth end as the U.S. put pressure on the young team. The game went into an extra end when the Americans couldn't get more than one point in the 10th. The U.S., however, got the scoring rock in place early in the extra period and protected it throughout with Privivkova attempting to remove it by wicking her stone off another one in the house but failed. With one draw remaining in the round robin, Canada, China and Switzerland are now tied for first place with the playoffs looming tomorrow. The top two teams play in the Page Playoff 1-2 game where you get an extra shot at making it to the final. Denmark and Japan are tied at 7-4 and are likely headed to a tiebreaker game to determine the final playoff spot. Sweden still has a chance to play in the tiebreaker as well but they'll have to defeat Canada tonight to get there. Game scores: USA 7, Russia 6 (extra end); Japan 8, China 7 (extra end); Scotland 5, Italy 4; Sweden 8, Denmark 6 Line score: Russia 002 010 201 00 6 USA* 110 101 010 11 7 *last stone in first end Standings: China 8-2 Canada 8-2 Switzerland 8-2 Denmark 7-4 Japan 7-4 Sweden 6-4 USA 6-5 Germany 4-6 Russia 4-6 Scotland 2-8 Italy 2-9 Czech Republic 0-10 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).