FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2019
USA women now 4-1 at World Senior Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Margie Smith and the U.S. ladies overcame a slow start to steal a win over Finland today at the 2019 World Senior Championships in Stavanger, Norway.
The 5-4 victory over Finland’s Elina Virtaala at Sørmarka Arena improves Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.) and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) to 4-1 in the Group A standings.
Finland stole singles in the first two ends before the U.S. countered with a deuce to tie the game. Singles were exchanged over the next four ends with the U.S. setting up a steal in the eighth to keep their win streak intact.
“We were not very sharp in that game, especially to begin with. I feel very fortunate that we snuck out a win there,” O’Leary said. “Finland played great – they played better than we did, so I feel kind of lucky.”
Up next for the U.S. women will be a game on Wednesday afternoon against Lithuania (0-4). The American women will close out the round robin on Thursday against Canada (5-0).
“We’re going to re-group … we’ll be fine. I think we just all came out a little bit tired, a little bit flat. I’m not making excuses but we’re going to be ok, I promise,” O’Leary said.
Geoff Goodland and the U.S. men (2-1) have no games scheduled today but return to round robin action on Wednesday to take on Latvia (2-1). Their final round robin game will be Thursday against Wales (1-1). The top-ranked teams from the four men’s pools advance directly to the quarterfinals. The other eight playoff-bound countries compete in a qualification playoff round with matchups determined by seeding.
Finland 110 101 00 – 4
*USA women 002 010 11 – 5
*last rock in first end
Hong Kong 2-2
New Zealand 0-4
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):
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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