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March 19, 2014
USA starts new win streak at 2014 Women's World Championship
(SAINT JOHN, NB, Canada) - Team USA's quest to sneak in the back door to the playoffs is still in sight as Allison Pottinger and the American women started a new win streak today at the 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship presented by Booster Juice.
Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and teammates Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) earned a 7-3 win tonight over Latvia's Evita Regza rink (1-8) at the Harbour Station.
"We're just taking it one game at a time and hopefully when everything is said and done we'll still have a chance to get in the playoffs," said Joraanstad, who is competing in her eighth world women's championship. "We went out there and did what we wanted to do so hopefully we'll have another two good games tomorrow."
The U.S. record is now 5-4 with two games remaining in the round robin. The Americans need to win out and hope the proper scenarios fall in place to get them into a tiebreaker game for a shot at the playoff round. The Americans finish out the round robin tomorrow against Korea (6-3) in the morning and Scotland (2-7) in the afternoon session.
"We have been there before and we know what it takes. Really all we can do is focus on ourselves and hope the cards fall in our favor," Joraanstad said.
The win tonight was the second on the day for the U.S. team. They started the tournament 3-0 but then dropped four straight before getting back to their winning ways today. Team USA is currently sitting in seventh position. The top four teams advance to the Page playoffs on Friday.
"We said we wanted to go out there and play well, but also have fun. We play best when we're loose and having fun out there but also being focused on each shot, each end," said Joraanstad, 33, who also was a member of the 2010 Olympic team.
The American team outshot its opponent, 77 to 65 percent, in earning the fifth win.
The U.S. had a deuce set up in the opening end until a late error allowed Latvia to gain control as the Americans were forced to draw for a single. After the second end was blanked, the U.S. got two stones welded together in the house. Regza broke them up with her first stone only to have Pottinger make a takeout to out two back in scoring position. Latvia was then forced to make a takeout for a single point.
The fourth end was blanked and the U.S. got stones scattered around the rings in the fifth end that led to a productive outing. Pottinger was left with a relatively open draw for three points to take a 4-1 lead. Facing two American stones splitting the rings, Latvia was forced to make a takeout for one in the sixth.
The U.S. extended its lead in the seventh end with a hit for a single point and then capitalized on a mistake with the final stone by Regza in the eighth to steal two points as her stone spun to the back of the house after a takeout attempt. Latvia had an open takeout for two points set up in the ninth end. The shooter stone, however, did not stay in the rings and after scoring just a single, the Latvians shook hands to end the game.
In a pitcher's duel, Switzerland outlasted Sweden, 5-3, to improve to 8-1 for a share of first place with Canada. The loss drops Sweden, the 2014 Olympic silver medalists, to 7-2, which ties them with Russia. The Russian ladies made quick work out of China tonight, 10-2, as the Chinese six-game win streak came to a screeching halt. Korea kept its playoff hopes alive with a 9-4 victory over Germany. That win improves the Koreans to 6-3, a tie for fifth place with China.
USA line score:
*USA 100 030 120 x - 7
Latvia 001 001 001 x - 3
*last rock in first end
Draw 14 results: Russia 10, China 2; USA 7, Latvia 3; Switzerland 5, Sweden 3; Korea 9, Germany 4
Draw 13 results: Sweden 8, Scotland 7 (extra end); Czech Republic 10, Latvia 2; Russia 7, Denmark 4; Canada 10, Korea 3
Draw 12 results: Switzerland 10, Scotland 4; USA 7, Czech Republic 6 (extra end); China 9, Denmark 3; Canada 7, Germany 5
Canada (Homan) 8-1
Switzerland (Feltscher) 8-1
Sweden (Sigfridsson) 7-2
Russia (Sidorova) 7-2
China (Liu) 6-3
Korea (Kim) 6-3
USA (Pottinger) 5-4
Czech Republic (Kubeskova) 2-7
Scotland (Barr) 2-7
Germany (Lehmann) 1-8
Denmark (Dupont) 1-8
Latvia (Regza) 1-8
After the round robin concludes, the top four teams will advance to the Page playoffs on Friday. In the Page playoff format, the top two teams face off in the 1-2 game with the winner advancing to the final and the loser playing the winner of the game between the teams ranked third and fourth in a single semifinal. The winner of the semifinal becomes the other contender for the gold medal on Sunday.
Here is a look at Team USA's round robin schedule (all times listed as ADT):
* Thursday, March 20: USA v. Korea, 9:30 a.m.; USA v. Scotland, 2:30 p.m.
* Friday, March 21: Tiebreaker games, if needed, 9:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.; Page 1-2 game, 7:30 p.m.
* Saturday, March 22: Page 3-4 game, 9 a.m.; semifinal, 2 p.m.
* Sunday, March 23: Bronze-medal game, 12 p.m.; gold-medal game, 7:30 p.m.
2018 Olympic Qualification:
In addition, the 2014 World Curling Championships mark the start of a new qualification period for the next Olympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. All WCF member associations competing in Saint John and at the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship in Beijing later this month will be eligible to enter the next WCF Olympic Qualification Event, which is scheduled to take place in December 2017 should they not make it to the 2018 Olympic Games on direct qualification.
TV & Webstream:
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, is providing extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Saint John. WCF broadcast partners for the event include TV4 in Sweden, Russia 2 in Russia, CCTV in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec).
In addition, selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events is available via the World Curling Federation's YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV.
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