USA men cruise to 3-0, women stumble at 2009 World Seniors

April 29, 2009, 12 a.m. (ET)

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - While the American men continue to soar, the U.S. ladies lost their third straight game after Wednesday's action at the 2009 World Senior Championships at the Dunedin Ice Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.) and teammates, Brian Simonson (Hibbing, Minn.), Tom Harms (Pengilly, Minn.) and Don Mohawk (Nashwauk, Minn.) improved to 3-0 by handling Switzerland's Andre Pauli rink, 6-5.

Meanwhile, Sharon Vukich (Seattle) and teammates Joan Fish (Hansville, Wash.), Cathie Tomlinson (Seattle) and Aija Edwards (Hansville, Wash.) have lost three straight after jumping out to 2-0 after day one. Canada's Pat Sanders rink defeated the Americans 7-5 in the morning draw. A key steal of four points for the Candians allowed them to forge ahead to the win. In the evening draw, the Japanese team led by Hideko Tanaka scored four points in the seventh end to break up a close match with the U.S. ladies. Key steals once again hurt the Americans as Japan stole three points over the third and fourth ends.

The round robin continues Thursday as the men play New Zealand (1-2) while the ladies take on Italy (0-5) and Switzerland (3-2). The top four women's teams and the top two men's teams from each pool advance to Saturday's playoffs.

Since the event began in 2002, the U.S. men won gold the first year and silver medals in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and bronze in 2008. The American women have won three bronze medals (2002, 2004, 2007).

Live scoring from the event can be found online at http://2009nzwscc.co.nz/. All times are local (local time; 16 hours ahead of EST).

Line scores:
USA women 001 110 2x 5
*Canada 240 001 0x 7

USA men 002020 20 6
*Switzerland 100 102 01 5

USA women 100 011 0x 3
*Japan 012 100 4x 8
*last rock in first end

Standings:
WOMEN:
Canada 5-0
Scotland 3-2
Sweden 3-2
Switzerland 3-2
Japan 2-3
New Zealand 2-3
USA 2-3
Italy 0-5

MEN:
Blue group:
Canada 4-0
Japan 3-1
Scotland 2-1
Australia 1-3
Hungary 1-3
England 0-4

Red group:
USA 3-0
Switzerland 2-1
Sweden 2-1
New Zealand 1-2
Finland 1-2
Italy 0-3

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