Vukich defends title at 2010 USA Curling Senior Nationals

Jan. 30, 2010, 4:01 p.m. (ET)

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Seattle's Sharon Vukich has had a busy season. The 52-year-old curler from the Granite Curling Club won the U.S. Mixed Doubles title in December, followed up with the Washington women's club title and today defended her U.S. senior national title at the Cape Cod Curling Club in Falmouth, Mass.

Vukich and teammates Dani Thibodeaux (Kirkland, Wash.), Linda Cornfield (Seattle), and Betty Kozai (Seattle) defeated Mary Colacchio's home-club team three times in a best three-out-of-five competition to win the right to wear USA at the 2010 World Senior Championships April 15-24 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. She's also qualified to compete at the World Mixed Doubles, which is held at the same time.

Vukich's team defeated Colacchio and teammates Catherine Offinger (Falmouth, Mass.), Abigail Read (Appleton, Maine) and Susan Verner (Mashpee, Mass.) by scores of 10-4 and 9-7 before today's match-up. They had to battle back and steal the extra end though to for the 6-5 victory to advance to the World Seniors.

In men's action, 2007 U.S. senior national champion Geoff Goodland picked up his fourth straight win to stay in the hunt for another title at the Portage Curling Club in Portage, Wis.

Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.), playing with Pete Westberg (Naperville, Ill.), Tim Solin (Mahtomedi, Minn.) and Ken Olson (Plymouth, Minn.), kept Walter Ehlert's Wisconsin team winless with a 7-2 defeat in round robin action this morning. Goodland scored the game's first six points over three ends in the shortened match. With one game remaining in the round robin, Goodland's team has clinched a playoff spot. The top two teams from each pool advance to the playoffs tomorrow.

In the opposite pool, Bob Daly's team leads the field after dispatching George Godfrey, 7-4, this afternoon to improve to 3-1. With the defending champions being handed their second loss, 8-4 to Seppo Sormunen, Paul Pustovar is now 3-2 in the standings with tiebreakers looming.



Pool A:

Bob Daly (Pardeeville, Wis.) 3-1

Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.) 3-2

George Godfrey (Baraboo, Wis.) 3-2

Stuart Graves (Pembroke, Mass.) 2-3

Seppo Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.) 2-3

Phil DeVore (Superior, Wis.) 1-3


Pool B:

*Geoff Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.) 4-0

Scott Edie (Middletown, Md.) 2-2

Mike Fraboni (McFarland, Wis.) 2-2

Lionel Locke (St. Paul, Minn.) 2-2

Mark Arnold (St. Paul, Minn.) 2-2

Walter Ehlert (Pardeeville, Wis.) 0-4

*clinched playoff spot


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