Switzerland secures first win with victory over USA ladies

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 15, 2018, 9:33 a.m. (ET)


Feb. 15, 2018

Switzerland sweeps past USA women in round robin play

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Nina Roth and the American ladies battled to the final stone against Switzerland but were not able to capitalize for the win in round robin play tonight at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) gave up a key steal in the fifth end but kept fighting back against Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni rink in an eventual 6-5 loss.

“We all felt like we were throwing them really good. It was just a little centimeter here and there. We are all feeling good,” said Geving, 31. “It just wasn’t quite the result that we wanted. We came into today really confident. The nerves were settled and we were ready to battle. We just know that we are all trying our best and we’re doing everything we can to win the game. We can’t help sometimes that the shot doesn’t work out. We know that we all get along, we’re friends and we’re going to support each other through it.”

It was the first win for the Swiss after a loss to China in the opening draw.

They played well. They forced us to go into a tenth end after being down four. For sure, everybody is playing so well here. You really have to play well to beat all of them,” Tirinzoni said.

The U.S. is now 1-2 in the nine-game round robin and has the day off tomorrow. ‘We’ll do the same thing we did after the first loss – we’ll have fun together and relax – and just kick it back,” said Roth, 29, who works as a registered nurse.

Switzerland got on the scoreboard first with a takeout to score two points. The U.S. had a chance for two in the following end but were light on the attempt. The American ladies had the pressure on the Swiss in the third end, forcing Tirinzoni to convert a difficult in-off to remove the U.S. counter hidden on the back of the four-foot to score one. The Swiss ladies had a lot of stones in play in the fifth end and would steal two points when Roth’s final draw was light. The U.S. started to rally in the sixth when they confidently set up a deuce.

After the seventh end was blanked, the U.S. ladies used Geving’s second stone to draw behind a center guard perfectly to grab control. The Swiss spent the rest of the end peeling the American guards. Roth placed the final U.S. stone into the top of the house to put two in scoring position. Tirinzoni opted to attempt the double takeout and only removed one as the U.S. stole a point.

The Americans again got a stone buried in the four-foot behind the center guard in the ninth end, but the Swiss made the double this time to score a point. The U.S. had a double takeout lined up with the final stone of the game to try to force an extra end, but couldn’t keep the second rock in the rings as the Swiss earned their first win.

“We’re definitely positive, we’re making good shots. Tirinzoni had better rock placement, kept some really good pressure on us and we were having trouble following,” Roth said.

The U.S. women are idle tomorrow and return to the ice on Saturday for games against Olympic Athlete from Russia (1-1) and Canada (0-2). Japan kept its perfect record intact tonight with a 7-5 win over host Korea to stay on top of the standings at 3-0. Not far behind, Sweden up-ended Canada in an extra end to improve to 2-0. Great Britain also survived an extra end to defeat China and reach a 2-1 record.  

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Line score:

USA                     001 002 010 1 – 5

*Switzerland     020 120 001 0 – 6

*last rock in first end

Other game scores: Japan 7, Korea 5; Great Britain 8, China 7 (extra end); Sweden 7, Canada 6 (extra end)

Women’s standings:

Japan                  3-0

Sweden              2-0

Great Britain      2-1

Korea                  1-1

OAR                     1-1

Switzerland        1-1

China                  1-2

USA                     1-2

Canada               0-2

Denmark            0-2

Men’s standings:

Canada               3-0

Sweden              2-0

Great Britain      2-1

Italy                     2-1

Japan                  1-1

USA                     1-1

Switzerland        1-2

Denmark            0-2

Korea                  0-2

Norway               0-2

USA men’s round robin results:

USA 11, Korea 7

Italy 10, USA 9

USA women’s round robin results:

Japan 10, USA 5

USA 7, Great Britain 4

Switzerland 6, USA 5

Round robin schedule:

Friday, Feb. 16:

USA men vs. Sweden (Niklas Edin), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Denmark (Rasmus Stjerne), 8:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17:

USA women vs. Olympic Athlete From Russia (Victoria Moiseeva), 9:05 a.m.

USA women vs. Canada (Rachel Homan), 8:05 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 18:

USA men vs. Japan (Yusuke Morozumi), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 8:05 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 19:

USA women vs. Denmark (Madeleine Dupont), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Canada (Kevin Koe), 2:05 p.m.

USA women vs. China (Bingyu Wang), 8:05 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 20:

USA women vs. Korea (Eunjung Kim), 2:05 p.m.

USA men vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 8:05 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 21:

USA men vs. Great Britain (Kyle Smith), 2:05 p.m.

USA women vs. Sweden (Anna Hasselborg), 8:05 p.m.

Playoff schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 22:

Tiebreaker games, if needed, 9:05 a.m.

Men’s semifinals, 8:05 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23:

Men’s bronze-medal game, 3:35 p.m.

Women’s semifinals, 8:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24:

Men’s gold-medal game, 3:35 p.m.

Women’s bronze-medal game, 8:05 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 25:

Women’s gold-medal game, 9:05 a.m.

All games are streaming live at www.nbcolympics.com and on the NBC Sports app with TV coverage live or on tape delay on NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC. A complete schedule is posted at http://www.nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule#/.

For more information on the U.S. teams, go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/2018-us-olympic-curling-team.

To follow along, go to https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/game-time/results/OWG2018/en/curling/daily-schedule.htm


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