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April 22, 2019
USA women win third straight at World Senior Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s ladies team won its third straight while the American men hit its first road block at the 2019 World Senior Championships in Stavanger, Norway.
Margie Smith’s team picked up two more wins today at Sørmarka Arena to improve to 3-1 in Group A in the seven-game round robin. Geoff Goodland’s rink took Denmark’s Ulrik Schmidt rink to an extra end before bowing, 9-6.
Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.) and his team of Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.), Pete Westberg (Woodbury, Minn.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.) and Mike Fraboni (Lac du Flambeau, Wis.) scored two points in the eighth to force the extra end and went hard for the steal. However, it was Schmidt’s team that would score to remain undefeated in the men’s Group D standings.
Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.) and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) edged Russia’s Tatiana Smirnova rink, 8-3, in the morning session. The U.S. was very successful with steals in the victory over the Russia ladies as they stole points in four of seven ends played.
“The team is playing very well,” Kosal said after the morning win over Russia. “We are definitely getting together and being more supportive and the game keeps coming up a little bit every time. We are coming along pretty well.”
In the afternoon session, Smith and the U.S. ladies defeated Hong Kong’s Grace Bugg rink, 9-1.
“That was a good, challenging game,” Dexter said after the Hong Kong match. “They’re a new team, but they’re making some awfully nice draw shots. We just had to keep our game up to a high level and keep making shots, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
The U.S. men are idle on Tuesday while the American ladies will try to push their win streak to four when they take on Finland (3-1) Tuesday morning.
USA women 102 212 0x – 8
*Russia 020 000 1x – 3
*USA men 010 201 02 0 – 6
Denmark 102 010 20 3 – 9
Hong Kong 000 001 xx – 1
*USA women 121 320 xx – 9
*last rock in first end
Hong Kong 2-2
New Zealand 0-3
To see the full men’s standings, go to http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2019.
Playoff format: For the women, the top three teams in each pool advance to the playoffs. The top ranked team in each pool goes directly to the semifinals. The second- and third-ranked teams will play teams from the opposite group to fill out the semifinal field (e.g., second-place team in Pool A plays third-place team in Pool B). The top 12 men’s teams advance to seeded playoffs. The top-ranked teams from the four pools advance directly to the quarterfinals. The other eight playoff-bound countries compete in a qualification playoff round with matchups determined by seeding.
Team USA schedule (all times local, +6 ET):
Tuesday: 8 a.m., USA women vs. Finland (Elina Virtaala)
Wednesday: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Lithuania (Gaiva Valatkiene)
Wednesday: 8 p.m., USA men vs. Latvia (Ansis Regza)
Thursday: 12 p.m., USA men vs. Wales (David Tranmer)
Thursday: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Canada (Sherry Anderson)
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