USA remains undefeated with win over Kosovo

By Terry L. Davis | April 23, 2019, 10:14 a.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 23, 2019

 

USA now 4-0 at World Mixed Doubles Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) notched another win to remain undefeated at the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Championship in Stavanger, Norway.

 

With an 11-0 victory this morning over Kosovo’s Eldena Dakaj and Peter Andersen, the U.S. remains in a three-way tie for first place with Spain and Russia setting up some key games as the round robin comes to a close Thursday at Sørmarka Arena.

 

“We’ve got a couple of really big games coming up, so we’re just trying to be precise on the ice,” said Christensen, 24, who led Team USA at four World Junior Championships, winning silver in 2016. “That’s the discipline because we know we’re really going to have to execute in our next couple of games.”

 

The U.S. team started with a draw for three points in the opening end and then stole points in the next five ends as they earned the lopsided victory over Kosovo, which is competing in its first world championship competition.

 

Six groups with eight countries each are competing in a preliminary round robin to determine the 16 playoff teams. At the end of the round robin, there will be a ranking for first, second and third position in each group. The top two teams in each group will qualify directly for the Round of 16 playoffs, as well as the four third-ranked teams with the best Last Stone Draw (LSD) results.

 

The U.S. team (4-0) will return to the ice at 9 tonight (local time) to take on Slovenia, which defeated Greece by a 9-3 score today to improve to 2-2.

 

“We need a different game plan for every game and we’re just going out on the ice and trying to find some sort of consistency out there,” said Shuster, who led the U.S. men to the gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. 

 

Line score:

Kosovo 000 000 xx – 0

*USA     311 132 xx – 11              

*last rock in first end

 

Standings, Group F:

Russia                 4-0

Spain                   4-0

USA                     4-0

Slovenia              2-2

Latvia                  1-3

Poland                1-3

Greece                0-4

Kosovo                0-4

To view the full standings, go to http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2019.

 

Playoff format:

At the end of the round robin, there will be a ranking for first, second and third position in each group. The top two teams in each group will qualify directly for the Round of 16 playoffs, as well as the four third-ranked teams with the best Last Stone Draw (LSD) results.

 

TV and webstream: The Olympic Channel and NBCSN are airing three of Team USA’s round robin games as well as the playoffs and other non-USA round robin games. A complete schedule is posted at https://go.teamusa.org/2IgyzAG.

 

Live scores & social media: Live scores are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2019. USA Curling will post game recaps and photos after each U.S. game at www.usacurl.org. The official event hashtags are #wmdcc2019 and #curling.

 

Team USA schedule (all times local, +6 ET):

Today: 9 p.m., USA vs. Slovenia (Ajda Zavratanik Drglin/Jure Culic)

Wednesday: 5:45 p.m., USA vs. Spain (Oihane Otaegi/Mikel Unanue)

Thursday: 7:30 p.m., USA vs Russia (Anastasia Moskaleva/Alexander Eremin)

 

Team USA round robin results:

USA 10, Poland 1

USA 9, Latvia 3

USA 13, Greece 4

USA 11, Kosovo 0

 

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

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).