Peterson and Polo stay alive in Curling World Cup playoff hunt

Dec. 07, 2018, 11:32 p.m. (ET)

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Dec. 7, 2018

USA’s mixed doubles team stays in playoff hunt at Curling World Cup

(OMAHA, Neb.) – With a draw to the button Team USA’s Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo kept their chances of winning the Omaha leg of the Curling World Cup alive.

Olympians Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Polo (Duluth, Minn.) were tied with China’s Rui Wang and Dexin Ba after eight ends so a shootout took place. China went first and covered part of the button but 2018 Olympic gold medalist Polo sealed the win with a near perfect draw to inch closer to the center.

“I was like ‘I think I need to heavy clean this, maybe go a little,’ but I knew it was close so as long as I could get the judging right,” Peterson said about Polo’s shootout delivery.

The win gave the U.S. team two more points to keep pace with Norway in Group B. Norway defeated the U.S. earlier in the day but fell to Russia tonight and has nine total points with one draw left to determine which country will advance to Sunday’s final.

“We had a fun little straight spot that caught us a couple of times, but the speed stayed good the whole game,” Polo said. “We won a couple of measurements – three in that game – so that was big for us.”

The U.S. team will close out the double round robin against Russia at 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon while China and Norway will battle. A win by the U.S. coupled with a Norway loss would put the Americans in the championship final. Switzerland’s 2018 Olympic silver medalists – Jenny Perret and Martin Rios – secured its spot in the final already with an 8-1 win over Korea tonight to run away with the Group A title.

The U.S. ladies had a rough Friday as they suffered two tough losses. Sinclair (Manotick, Ontario) and her team of Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) lost to Canada in the morning and then lost to Korea on a fantastic draw in the afternoon session.

“Definitely not the outcomes that we wanted,” Sinclair said. “Today it was just slower starts than we had yesterday so we were chasing a little bit. The good news is that we had really strong second halves in both of our games. As long as we can come out firing tomorrow morning, we should be good to go.”

The U.S. never got its footing in the match against Korea but took the lead in the fifth end. A series of misses in the fifth and sixth ends resulted in the teams trading three-point ends. The U.S. benefitted from a jammed takeout in the seventh to secure two more points as they tried to stay in the match. The Americans played a near perfect eighth end and forced Korea to draw into the full four-foot behind a center guard. Aided by strong sweeping, Korea got the stone to the mark for the victory.

“We wouldn’t have done anything differently in the last end and she (skip Minji Kim) was left with a really tough draw. She had amazing sweepers to drag that there – can’t really complain about that one,” Sinclair said. The U.S. team takes on Russia at 12 p.m. and closes out the double round robin against Canada in the evening.

Standings:

Women, Group A:

Canada               3-1 (9 points)

Korea                  3-1 (9 points)

USA                     2-2 (6 points)

Russia                 0-4 (0 points)

Women, Group B:

Japan                   4-0 (12 points)

Scotland             3-1 (9 points)

Sweden              1-3 (3 points)

China                  0-4 (0 points)

Mixed doubles, Group A:

Switzerland        5-0 (14 points) – Qualified to final

Korea                  3-2 (9 points)

Canada               1-4 (4 points)

Sweden              1-4 (3 points)

Mixed doubles, Group B:

Norway               3-2 (9 points)

USA                     3-2 (8 points)

China                   3-2 (7 points)

Russia                 2-3 (6 points)

Men’s Group A:

USA                     3-1 (9 points)

China                  2-2 (6 points)

Scotland             2-2 (6 points)

Canada               1-3 (3 points)

Men’s Group B:

Sweden              3-1 (9 points)

Norway               2-2 (6 points)

Switzerland        2-2 (6 points)

Japan                  1-3 (3 points)

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