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April 26, 2018
USA ladies advance to semifinals at World Senior Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Margie Smith and the U.S. ladies notched another win and secured the top playoff spot out of Group A today at the 2018 World Senior Championships alive in Ostersund, Sweden.
The 9-3 win over Lithuania’s Rasa Veronika Jasaitiene puts Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) directly into Saturday’s semifinals.
The U.S., Canada and Sweden finished with identical 6-1 records and each had 1-1 head-to-head records so the cumulative Draw Shot Challenge score was used to rank the teams, which placed the Americans first. Canada and Sweden will compete in Friday’s qualification playoffs against teams from Group B where Switzerland (6-1) and Scotland (5-1) have secured spots thus far.
“You’ve always got lots to work on. So, same thing as we did before – we were patient, just kept it simple and made our shots,” Smith said. “It’s been a great week, our front end has hung in there and we’re playing well.”
The U.S. women only trailed once after giving up a steal in the opening end today at Ostersund Arena. After being limited to a single in the second end, the U.S. broke open the game in the third end with a steal of three points. The U.S. would score three points in the seventh end to eventually put the game away.
“I’m having a ball playing third for Margie,” said O’Leary, who won back-to-back bronze medals at this event in 2015 (as skip) and 2014 (as vice skip for Smith). “I’m trying to help her. I tell you what, I’ve skipped enough times to have a feel for what to say and what not to say, I hope I’m doing that part right.”
Jeff Wright and the U.S. men will take the ice today against Croatia in hopes of securing a playoff spot as well. A win will put Wright and teammates Russ Armstrong (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Sean Silver (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Russ Brown (Lake Forest, Ill.), and Steve Waters (Evanston, Ill.) into the playoff round after Ireland suffered its third loss in Group C. To follow along, live scores and standings are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2018.
*USA women 013 020 3x – 9
Lithuania 100 101 0x – 3
*last stone in first end
New Zealand 0-6
Czech Rep. 1-4
New Zealand 5-1Q
Hong Kong 1-5
Q=qualified to playoffs
USA schedule & playoffs (all times local, +6 ET):
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 semi-finals (USA women vs. TBA)
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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