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Feb 26 USA ladies even record in Switzerland

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

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Feb. 26, 2014

USA ladies 1-1 at 2014 World Junior Championship in Switzerland

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Cory Christensen and the U.S. ladies finished the first day of competition at the 2014 World Junior Championships at Waldhaus Arena in Flims, Switzerland, on a winning note.

Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates Mackenzie Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.), Anna Bauman (Duluth, Minn.), Anna Hopkins (Bismarck, N.D.), and Tina Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) dropped their championship opener to Switzerland's Briar Huerlimann, 7-6, in an extra end.

"I thought we threw the stones really well, we played really well, I'm really happy with that," Christensen, 19, said after the loss. "We're all feeling really comfortable out there and really confident about the ice."

The U.S. women bounced back to defeat Korea's Ae-Kyeong Kim, 16-3, this afternoon. "All the girls were throwing them well," Lank said. "I think we've got the ice all figured out and we were very confident coming in here."

USA's Jake Vukich rink made their world junior debut but lost to Switzerland's Yannick Schwaller rink, 6-2. Vukich (Seattle) and teammates Evan McAuley (Sammamish, Wash.), Luc Violette (Granite Falls, Wash.), Kyle Lorvick (Seattle), and Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) return to the ice tonight to take on Scotland. This game will be featured live on the World Curling Federation's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV. 

"It was the first game, at a new club, and new ice and we're just figuring it all out," said Vukich, 20. "There's no problem at all; we're going to come back strong against Scotland this evening and fight.  That's all we can do. We learned a lot in this game about the ice. It really caught us off guard, but we fought hard to the end and played our best."

In the morning game, the American women saw their game with Switzerland go back and forth as the teams answered one another's scores. USA (1-1) was able to score two points in the 10th end to force an extra end but the Swiss ladies (2-0) scored a single to seal up the victory. In the afternoon session against South Korea, the American ladies poured on the offense, capping the game with six points in the seventh end.

"They kept drawing because they needed to get something.  So we just kept our weight controlled, and stuck around ... made a couple of doubles - it was neat," Lank said about the six-ender scored. The U.S. ladies return to the ice on Thursday morning to take on the Czech Republic (0-2).

A complete game schedule is posted at http://wjcc2014.curlingevents.com. Live scores, standings and photos also is posted at the WCF website. You can also follow along on Twitter via USA Curling's Twitter feed (@terry_usacurl) as well as the WCF's (@worldcurling or @WCFmedia) using the hashtags #WJCC2014 or #curling. 

Line scores:
USA men 001 000 100 x - 2
*Switzerland 200 200 011 x - 6

*Switzerland 003 001 011 01 - 7
USA women 000 310 000 20 - 6

Korea 010 101 0xx x - 3
*USA women 303 040 6xx x - 16 

Women's Standings:
Canada 2-0
Russia 2-0
Switzerland 2-0
Korea 1-1
Scotland 1-1
Sweden 1-1
USA 1-1
Czech Republic 0-2
Denmark 0-2
Italy 0-2

Men's Standings:
Italy 1-0
Norway 1-0
Russia 1-0
Scotland 1-0
Switzerland 1-0
Austria 0-1
Canada 0-1
China 0-1
Sweden 0-1
USA 0-1

Upcoming round robin games for Team USA (all times local, CET):

Women:
Thursday: USA v. Czech Republic, 9 a.m. (live on webstream); USA v. Denmark, 7 p.m.
Friday: USA v. Scotland, 12 p.m.; USA v. Italy, 8 p.m.
Saturday: USA v. Canada, 2 p.m.
Sunday: USA v. Sweden, 8 a.m.; USA v. Russia, 4 p.m. (live on webstream)

Men:
Thursday: USA v. China, 2 p.m.
Friday: USA v. Italy, 8 a.m.; USA v. Austria, 4 p.m.
Saturday: USA v. Sweden, 9 a.m.; USA v. Norway, 7 p.m.
Sunday: USA v. Canada, 12 p.m.; USA v. Russia, 8 p.m.

Playoffs:
Monday: Tiebreaker games, if needed (9 a.m./2 p.m.); Women's Page playoffs, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Men's Page playoffs, 12 p.m.; Women's/Men's semifinal, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5: Women's gold & bronze games, 9 a.m.; Men's gold and bronze games, 1 p.m.

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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).

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