American winning streak continues in Scotland

By Terry Kolesar | April 26, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
April 26, 2014

American winning streak continues in Scotland

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The U.S. winning streak remains intact as both the men's and women's teams pushed their records to 4-0 at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships in Dumfries, Scotland.

Margie Smith and the U.S. ladies lead Group A as they earned their fourth win this afternoon at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.  Smith (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Norma O'Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) got off to a quick start against Japan's Shizuko Funaki rink as they scored six points in the first three ends and maintained their lead to remain undefeated after the 8-3 victory.

Jeff Wright (Libertyville, Ill.) and the U.S. men had a similar strategy in earning their fourth win. Wright and teammates Russ Armstrong (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Russ Brown (Lake Forest, Ill.), Jim Wilson (Chicago), and Nils Johansson (Highland Park, Ill.) had a shutout going after five ends against Finland's Kai Wist rink (1-3) before the Finns scored three points in the sixth end. Those points, however, would be the only ones that Finland scored in the 6-3 loss. The U.S. men are tied for first place with England in Group B with three round robin games left on the schedule.

"We had control over our draw weight, we were reading the ice very well, we were all just very comfortable," Johansson said. "We made key shots when we had to and we were always putting them under pressure. They had a couple of misses; I think they felt the pressure."

In 2014 World Mixed Doubles Championship competition today, USA's Joyance Meechai (New York City) and Steve Gebauer (Mendota Heights, Minn.) lost two games to drop to 1-3 in the standings. In the morning draw, Meechai and Gebauer could not get the offense going in an 8-1 loss to France's Delphine Charlet and Tony Angiboust, who has played in several men's world championship events for France. In the afternoon draw, the U.S. team took China's Sijia Liu and Wenli Guo to an extra end before losing 8-6. The Americans had a 4-2 lead heading into the seventh end but China scored four points to take control of the game. The U.S. duo has three round robin games remaining. Tomorrow's match against New Zealand (0-4) will be streamed live via the World Curling Federation's YouTube Channel at The game is set to begin at 3 p.m. CT.

USA line scores, Seniors:
*USA men 210 110 1x - 6
Finland 000 003 0x - 3 

*USA women 312 010 1x - 8
Japan 000 102 0x - 3 

USA line scores, mixed doubles:
*USA 101 101 020 - 6
China 010 010 402 - 8 

*France 210 111 2x - 8
USA 001 000 0x - 1 
*last rock in first end

Senior Women, Group A:
Slovakia 4-0
USA 4-0
Sweden 3-1
Czech Rep. 2-2
England 1-3
Japan 1-3
New Zealand 1-3
Austria 0-4

Senior Women, Group B:
Switzerland 3-0
Canada 2-0
Finland 2-1
Scotland 2-1
Australia 1-2
Italy 0-3
Russia 0-3

Senior Men, Group A:
Canada 5-0
Australia 4-0
Norway 4-1
Germany 2-2
Latvia 2-2
Japan 1-3
Poland 1-3
France 1-4
Slovakia 0-5

Senior Men, Group B:
England 4-0
USA 4-0
Czech Rep. 3-1
Scotland 3-1
Finland 1-3
New Zealand 1-3
Hungary 0-4
Russia 0-4

Senior Men, Group C:
Ireland 3-1
Netherlands 3-1
Sweden 3-1
Denmark 2-2
Switzerland 2-2
Wales 2-2
Italy 1-3
Austria 0-4

Mixed Doubles, Group A:
Hungary 5-0
Russia 4-0
Korea 3-2
Wales 3-2
Austria 2-2
Denmark 1-3
Italy 1-3
Belarus 1-4
England 1-4

Mixed Doubles, Group B:
Sweden 4-0
Scotland 4-1
Canada 3-1
Finland 2-2
Estonia 2-3
Kazakhstan 2-3
Latvia 2-3
Brazil 1-3
Slovenia 0-4

Mixed Doubles, Group C:
Czech Rep. 3-0
Japan 3-1
Poland 3-1
Australia 2-1
Switzerland 2-1
Netherlands 1-3
Slovakia 0-3
Romania 0-4

Mixed Doubles, Group D:
Norway 4-0
China 3-1
France 3-1
Spain 3-1
Germany 1-3
Ireland 1-3
USA 1-3
New Zealand 0-4

Here is a look at the round robin schedules for the U.S. teams (all times local BST, +5 from ET):

World Seniors: 
Sunday: USA women v. Sweden, 11 a.m.; USA men v. England, 9:30 p.m.
Monday: USA men v. Scotland, 12 p.m.; USA women v. Slovakia, 3:30 p.m.; USA men v. Czech Republic, 7 p.m.
Tuesday: USA women v. Czech Republic, 8:30 a.m. 

Mixed Doubles:
Sunday: USA v. Ireland, 2:30 p.m.; USA v. New Zealand, 9 p.m.*
Monday: USA v. Spain, 5:45 p.m.
*feature game on the live WCF webstream

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