FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2018
U.S. women secure playoff spot at World Senior Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Margie Smith and the U.S. women have qualified for the playoffs of the 2018 World Senior Championships in Ostersund, Sweden.
Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) added another win to their tally when they defeated Australia this morning at Ostersund Arena.
“Another important win,” Smith said. “We just were patient. We made our shots, we kept it simple.”
The 6-1 win over Sandy Gagnon’s Aussies puts the U.S. women’s record at 5-1 with one round robin game remaining tomorrow against Lithuania (0-4).
Jeff Wright (Libertyville, Ill.) and the U.S. men lost an extra end heartbreaker to Ireland’s Johnjo Kenny rink to slip to 2-2 in the standings.
Wright and teammates Russ Armstrong (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Sean Silver (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Steve Waters (Evanston, Ill.), and Russ Brown (Lake Forest, Ill.) had a small lead late in the game but Ireland posted three points in the seventh end. The Americans countered with a deuce in the eighth to send the game to overtime. Ireland, however, was able to sew up the win and improve their odds of making the playoff round. The U.S. men return to the ice tonight to take on Latvia’s Ansis Regza rink (3-1).
The U.S. ladies benefitted from steals in the five-point win over Australia. The Americans scored singles with the hammer in the first and third ends and stole singles the rest of the way.
“I’m afraid she didn’t have draw weight and there were just little misses here and there,” Smith said about Australia’s play. “We need to have one more win (against Lithuania) – every team can come out and shine, so we just need to play that kind of game … with patience.”
Canada (5-0) leads the women’s Group A with the U.S. in second place. Switzerland (6-0) and Scotland (5-1) have secured the first two playoff spots out of Group B. The winners of the groups advance directly to the semifinals while the second- and third-place teams will compete in qualification playoffs.
To follow along, live scores and standings are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2018.
Ireland 020 201 30 1 – 9
*USA men 203 010 02 0 – 8
Australia 010 000 0x – 1
*USA women 101 111 1x – 6
*last stone in first end
New Zealand 0-6
Czech Rep. 1-2
New Zealand 3-1
Hong Kong 1-3
Q=qualified to playoffs
USA schedule & playoffs (all times local, +6 ET):
4 p.m., USA women vs. Lithuania (Rasa Veronika Jasaitiene)
8 p.m., USA men vs. Croatia (Neven Pufnik)
12 p.m., Men’s (4) and women’s (1) playoff qualification games
6 p.m., Men’s quarterfinals and women’s (1) playoff qualification games
9 a.m., Men’s & women’s semifinals
2 p.m., Gold- and bronze-medal games
After the round robin concludes, the winners of the women’s groups will advance directly to the semifinals. The teams finishing second and third in each group will compete in qualification games to advance to the semifinals. After the men’s round robin, the four first-place teams will advance to the quarterfinals while the second- and third-place teams in each group will compete in qualification games with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. No tiebreaker games will be played.
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