With a 7-4 victory over China on Friday, the U.S. men’s curling team ran its winning streak to four at the world championship in Las Vegas.
Skip Greg Persinger, along with teammates Rich Ruohonen, Colin Hufman and Philip Tilker, opened the tournament 1-6 and were nearly out of playoff contention after a number of close, late-game losses. Following victories against Germany, Italy and a stunning upset of Canada on Thursday night, however, Team Persinger continued to battle to keep hope alive on the last day of round robin play.
Team USA scored singles in both the first and second ends before China (3-8) pulled within one in the third. Three big points in the fourth end gave the Americans the lead that China just couldn’t catch, however, and the U.S. headed to the 10th with the hammer and a two-point lead.
Team USA is now 5-6 and in eighth place in the standings going into tonight’s game against 6-5 Switzerland. Switzerland currently sits in fifth place after a loss to Scotland in the first game on Friday.
The top six teams will make the playoffs, and only two spots remain.
Russia and South Korea are tied for sixth place at 5-5 heading into the afternoon draw. Those two teams play each other in their final match, meaning six losses may be enough to get into the playoffs.