Seattle's Vukich and Calcagno win 2010 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - In an all-Seattle championship final, the hometown team of Sharon Vukich and Mike Calcagno will represent the USA in Russia in April after winning the 2010 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle this afternoon.
Vukich and Calcagno upset the defending champion Cristin Clark and partner Sean Beighton, 10-4. It wasn't without a battle though. Vukich jumped out to an early lead with a critical four-ender in the fourth and held off a late rally by Clark and Beighton to seal the win and finish the competition undefeated.
Vukich, 52, a two-time U.S. women's national champion back in the 1980s, also won the 2009 U.S. Senior National title, placing sixth at the World Seniors. She'll wear USA once again, but this will be the first time for Calcagno, 40, who's played in past U.S. Club National Championships.
Vukich struck first scoring in the first two ends to grab an early 3-0 lead. Clark would earn a deuce in the third end but it was the fourth end that proved to be the key point in the match in this third installment of the U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship. Vukich and Calcagno were able to earn four points and never looked back. Trailing now 7-2 at this point, Clark and Beighton were forced to a single but would steal one more in the seventh end. With just one end remaining, the lead proved too insurmountable as Vukich and Calcagno popped a deuce to win the title.
They now head to the 2010 World Mixed Doubles Championship April 15-24 in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Earlier in the day, the semifinals went right down to the final rocks as Vukich and Calcagno just clipped the team of Derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.) and Lysa Hambley (Lynnwood, Wash.), 7-6. Clark and Beighton needed an extra end to hold off Derek Surka and Charrissa Lin (New Haven, Conn.), 8-7. It was the first losses for both teams at the most inopportune time.
Line score, final: Vukich-Calcagno* 210 410 02 10 Clark-Beighton 002 001 10 4
Line scores, semifinals: McLean-Hambley* 110 102 10 6 Vukich-Calcagno 002 040 01 7
Surka-Lin 003 102 010 7 Clark-Beighton* 120 030 101 8 *last rock in first end
Final round robin standings: Pool A: *Cristin Clark-Sean Beighton 5-1 *Derrick McLean-Lysa Hambley 6-0 Emily Good-Jake Vukich 4-2 Barry VanWieringen-Cynthia Kozai 2-4 Bart Read-Abigail Read 2-4 Gary Mazzotta-Michelle Summer 1-5 Ben Levy-Emilia Juocys 1-5
Pool B: *Derek Surka-Charrissa Lin 5-0 *Dean Gemmell-Janice Langanke 4-1 Gabrielle Coleman-Barry Ivy 2-3 David Cornfield-Leslie Frosch 2-3 Arnie Iwanick-Katie Kauffman 1-4 Tim Doherty-Connie Kupferschmidt 1-4
Pool C: *Sharon Vukich-Mike Calcagno 5-0 *Joyance Meechai-Jason Nawyn 3-2 Steve Lundeen-Elizabeth Coffin 2-3 Senja Lopac-Matt Zyblut 2-3 Eric Schultz-Julie Smith 2-3 James Pleasants-Jaynie Pleasants 1-4 *clinched playoff berth
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