USA women push win streak to five

By Terry Kolesar | April 27, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
April 27, 2014

Mixed doubles team picks up two wins; senior ladies still perfect in Scotland 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Team USA won three of its four games on Sunday as the fourth day of competition at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships and 2014 World Mixed Doubles Championship continued in Dumfries, Scotland.

Led by Margie Smith (St. Paul, Minn.), the U.S. ladies remain perfect in round robin play to keep their medal hopes alive 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.) defeated Sweden's Ingrid Meldahl rink with a big steal in the extra end of competition. The U.S. ladies stole a point in the eighth end to force overtime with the Swedes and then came up with a steal of five points to keep their perfect record intact. 

"It feels good. We shouldn't have been in this position; there were a couple of shots that we've missed. Finally we got our draw weight, but we struggled with it at the beginning. We just needed to make the key shots," said Smith, who is playing in her third world championship.

The U.S. ladies are now 5-0 in round robin competition. They have two games left on the schedule against Slovakia (4-1) on Monday and the Czech Republic (3-2) on Tuesday. 

"We are only thinking about one rock at a time. I cannot even tell you who we are playing our next game, we are just taking one shot at a time," Smith said. At the conclusion of the round robin, the top team in each pool advances to the semifinals. The second- and third-place teams in each pool will compete for the final two semifinal spots. 

Jeff Wright (Libertyville, Ill.) and the U.S. men lost their first match of the world championship but still remain well positioned for a playoff run. Wright and teammates Russ Armstrong (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Russ Brown (Lake Forest, Ill.), Nils Johansson (Highland Park, Ill.), and Jim Wilson (Chicago) allowed England's John Sharp rink to score three points in the eighth end to earn an 8-5 victory tonight. The U.S. is now 4-1 in the round robin, which puts them in third place behind England (5-1) and Scotland (5-1). The Americans have yet to play the Scots and will do so tomorrow morning. The U.S. team will battle the Czech Republic (3-2) in the round robin finale in the evening session. 

In mixed doubles competition today, USA's Joyance Meechai (New York City) and Steve Gebauer (Mendota Heights, Minn.) evened their record to 3-3 by picking up two wins today. This morning, the Americans shut out Ireland's duo of Louise Kerr and John Furey, 10-0. In the evening session, the U.S. team had to battle back and go to an extra end to pick up the second win of the day. The U.S. fell behind 5-0 to New Zealand's Kenneth Thomson and Waverley Taylor but well-placed stones early in the next few ends allowed the U.S. to steal their way to a 7-5 lead after six ends. After scoring a single in the seventh, New Zealand stole a point in the eighth end to force an extra end. The U.S., however, got a stone into the four-foot early in the ninth (in addition to their stationary stone to start the end) and did not have to throw the final stone as Taylor missed her final shot. 

The U.S. mixed doubles team has one game left in the round robin - against Spain (4-2) tomorrow afternoon. A U.S. win could potentially set up a tiebreaker game to have a chance to sneak into a quarterfinal qualification game.

USA line scores, Seniors:
*USA women 100 001 11 5 - 9
Sweden 001 210 00 0 - 4 

USA men 001 003 10 - 5 
*England 110 120 03 - 8 

USA line scores, mixed doubles:
USA 111 121 3x - 10
*Ireland 000 000 0x - 0 

*New Zealand 320 000 11 0 - 7
USA 003 121 00 2 - 9 
*last rock in first end

Senior Women, Group A:
USA 5-0
Slovakia 4-1
Czech Rep. 3-2
Sweden 3-2
England 2-3
New Zealand 1-3
Japan 1-4
Austria 0-4

Senior Women, Group B:
Switzerland 4-0
Canada 4-0
Scotland 3-1
Finland 2-3
Australia 1-3
Italy 1-4
Russia 0-4

Senior Men, Group A:
Canada 6-0
Australia 5-1
Norway 5-2
Latvia 4-2
Germany 3-2
France 1-5
Japan 1-5
Poland 1-5
Slovakia 1-5

Senior Men, Group B:
England 5-1
Scotland 5-1
USA 4-1
Czech Rep. 3-2
Finland 3-3
Hungary 1-4
New Zealand 1-4
Russia 0-6

Senior Men, Group C:
Sweden 5-1
Ireland 4-1
Netherlands 4-2
Wales 3-2
Denmark 3-3
Switzerland 3-3
Italy 1-5
Austria 0-6

Mixed Doubles, Group A:
Russia 6-0
Hungary 6-1
Austria 4-2
Korea 4-2
Wales 3-3
Denmark 2-4
Italy 2-4
Belarus 1-6
England 0-6

Mixed Doubles, Group B:
Sweden 5-0
Scotland 5-1
Canada 4-1
Finland 3-2
Kazakhstan 2-3
Estonia 2-4
Latvia 2-4
Brazil 1-4
Slovenia 0-5

Mixed Doubles, Group C:
Czech Rep. 5-0
Switzerland 4-1
Australia 3-2
Japan 3-2
Poland 3-2
Netherlands 2-3
Slovakia 0-5
Romania 0-5

Mixed Doubles, Group D:
Norway 5-0
France 4-1
China 4-2
Spain 4-2
USA 3-3
Germany 1-5
Ireland 1-5
New Zealand 1-5

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