Sweden sweeps past USA in World Mixed Championship playoffs

Oct. 13, 2017, 1:01 p.m. (ET)

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Oct. 13, 2017

USA eliminated from playoffs of 2017 World Mixed Championship

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s run at the 2017 World Mixed Curling Championship in Champery, Switzerland, came to an abrupt end today as Hunter Clawson and the Americans fell to Sweden in an extra end in the Round of 16 playoffs.

Clawson (Clarksville, Md.) and teammates Emily Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Caleb Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), and Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.) fought hard to advance to the playoffs and took Sweden’s Isabella Wranaa rink to nine ends before losing, 6-5.

Sweden, undefeated through the round robin, began with the last rock and scored two points to start the playoff match on a positive note. The U.S. countered with a deuce in the fourth end only to have Sweden score two more to take the lead once again. The teams exchanged singles in the following two ends with the Americans scoring a crucial deuce in the eighth end to force the extra end of play. Sweden was able to set up the winning point to move on to the quarterfinal round, eliminating the Americans from the competition.

Sweden (7-0) will face Scotland (7-1) in the quarterfinals today. Follow the competition at www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc2017 and www.usacurl.org.

USA line score:

USA                     000 201 02 0 – 5

*Sweden            200 020 10 1 – 6

*last rock in first end

Round of 16 scores:

Sweden 6, USA 5 (extra end)

Russia 6, Israel 3

Norway 6, England 5

Canada 4, Poland 3

Estonia 7, Korea 4

Turkey 8, Hungary 3

Czech Republic 6, China 4

Scotland 4, Spain 2

Quarterfinal matchups:

Czech Republic v. Estonia

Scotland v. Sweden

Turkey v. Norway

Russia v. Canada

The semifinals and medal games will take place on Saturday. Go to www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc2017.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, BalancePlus, and Brakebush, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, and CurlingZone.

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