(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Team USA defeated Scotland, 10-6, Sunday afternoon to improve to 1-1 at the 2009 World Wheelchair Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Led by Augusto Perez (East Syracuse, N.Y.), Team USA's James Pierce (North Syracuse, N.Y.), Pat McDonald (Orangevale, Calif.) and Jacqueline Kapinowski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) took an early lead after stealing three points in the second end against Scotland's Aileen Nielson to go ahead 4-0. After forcing the Scots to a single, the teams exchanged deuces. The Americans, who won bronze last year, then scored four points to extend the lead to 10-3. The Scots would set up a big end in the seventh for three points but would run out of stones in the eighth. The USA returns to the ice at 6 p.m. PT today against Germany (3-0).
They start off the round robin against China at 12:30 p.m. PT at the curling venue being used for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Live scoring from the 2009 World Wheelchair Championship can be found at http://wwhcc.curlit.com/
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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, 608-338-9900 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org.