USA still in playoff hunt despite loss to Czechs

By Terry L. Davis | March 23, 2018, 1:07 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2018

 

Czechs break USA win streak at 2018 World Women’s Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Although they suffered a last-rock loss today to the Czech Republic, Team USA is still in good shape to make its first playoff appearance since 2013 as the final day of the round robin of the 2018 World Women’s Curling Championship takes place in North Bay, Ontario.

 

With playoff hopes on the line for both sides, the Americans and the Czechs battled for 10 ends. A heavy draw with the final stone awarded the win to the Czechs as they pushed their record to 6-5 for a tie for fifth place with the Americans.

 

“That one was tough,” Sinclair said. “We definitely were in the situation we wanted to be in, tied with the hammer, but we just let it get away from us, a couple of missed shots, just by an inch, but that’s what it is, a game of inches.”

 

Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) have one game left tonight against undefeated host Canada. The game against the Jennifer Jones rink will air live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

 

Despite the loss, the U.S. can likely still make the top six – win or lose tonight at the North Bay Memorial Gardens Arena based on the probability of which country or countries they could have a shared record with and a positive Draw Shot Challenge score.

 

Canada (11-0) and Sweden (10-1) have secured spots in the semifinals as the top two teams. The next four ranked teams will compete in qualification games at 9 a.m. ET Saturday. The Czech Republic’s Anna Kubeskova rink is hoping to be a part of that equation along with the American ladies.

 

“Thankfully we have a draw off now because it’s going to take some time to get over the frustration of that game because we should have won it,” Sinclair said. “We’ve got some time to prepare for our game tonight, it’s going to be a tough one but it’s going to be a great environment.”

 

The U.S. would get on the scoreboard first as they made an open hit for two points in the second end. The Czechs would answer with an open draw for two in the following end to tie the game. The U.S. would be held to a single in the fourth end with the Czechs setting up another deuce in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead heading into the second half.

 

The U.S. had a chance for two points in the sixth end but left their final stone short. The team would secure the deuce in the eighth, however, to take the lead. The American ladies were able to keep two stones around in the ninth end to force the Czechs into a takeout to accept just a single point to tie the game once again.

 

In the 10th, the U.S. was in a good position in a tie game with the last-stone advantage, but the Czechs used their final two stones to draw them in nicely into the four-foot behind a center guard that got left in place. Sinclair’s first takeout attempt was not successful and then the final draw sunk to the back of the four-foot to award the Czechs with the steal for the win.

 

 

Line score:

*USA                   020 101 020 0 – 6

Czech Republic  002 020 101 2 – 8

*last stone in first end (hammer)

 

Other session scores: Germany 10, Switzerland 6; Canada 8, Japan 5; China 10, Denmark 9

 

Standings:

Canada               11-0 QSF

Sweden              10-1 QSF

Korea                  7-3 Q

Russia                 6-4

Czech Rep.         6-5

USA                     6-5

China                  5-6

Japan                  4-7

Switzerland        4-7

Scotland             3-7

Denmark            3-8

Germany            3-8

Italy                     2-9

Q=qualified to playoffs

QSF=Qualified to semifinals

 

Playoff schedule:

Saturday:

9 a.m., Qualification games

2 p.m., Semifinal #1

7 p.m., Semifinal #2

 

Sunday:

10 a.m., bronze-medal game

3 p.m., gold-medal game

 

USA round robin results:

USA 8, Italy 1

Russia 8, USA 5

USA 8, Scotland 6

Sweden 6, USA 4

Japan 7, USA 6

USA 7, Switzerland 4

Korea 9, USA 8 (extra end)

USA 8, China 4

USA 6, Denmark 0

USA 7, Germany 5

Czech Republic 8, USA 6

 

Scores & how to watch:

Live scores are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wwcc2018. NBCSN and the Olympic Channel are airing content throughout the championship. A complete TV and webstream schedule is posted at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2018/March/16/TV-and-webstream-coverage-of-WWCC-in-North-Bay.

 

Playoffs:

Six teams will make the playoffs with the two highest ranked teams at the end of the round robin going straight to the semifinals. The teams ranked third to sixth (3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5) will play qualification games to decide the other semifinalists. No tiebreaker games will be played.

 

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

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).