USA to take on England in World Mixed Doubles playoffs

By Terry L. Davis | April 25, 2019, 3:59 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2019

 

USA qualifies for playoffs at World Mixed Doubles Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – While USA’s win streak came to an end, the more important task of qualifying for the playoffs was successfully obtained today by Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) at the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Championship in Stavanger, Norway.

 

Russia’s Anastasia Moskaleva and Alexander Eremin were able to save their power play opportunity for the final end to set up a game-winning deuce to end USA’s six-game win streak as the round robin came to a close at Sørmarka Arena.

 

The win gave the Russian duo the top spot out of Pool F with the U.S. finishing second and Spain third. Their 6-1 record in Group F gives the Americans a No. 11 playoff ranking. They will take on No. 6 England (6-1) in the Round of 16 playoffs at 1 p.m. Friday.

 

It was a closely contested match throughout with the U.S. unable to take advantage of scoring opportunities. Russia stole a point in the opening end with Christensen narrowly missing a triple takeout. Russia took away a good second end for the U.S. when Moskaleva was successful with a triple takeout to force Christensen to a nose hit for one point. Christensen would save the third end for the U.S. with a great freeze that took away a big scoring end for Russia. Even better, the freeze ended up giving the Americans a stolen point when Moskaleva missed her takeout attempt.

 

Russia would then be forced to make hit for a single point in the fourth end facing three U.S. stones. The U.S. put its power play to use in the fifth end but weren’t able to capitalize for multiple points as Christensen converted a runback for one. Russia had a chance to draw for two points in the sixth end but came up light. The U.S. had a similar opportunity – albeit Christensen needed to draw the full button – and also came up short of the target in the seventh end as the U.S. took just a one-point lead into the final end. Russia would use its power play and quickly had a deuce in play. When Christensen’s final draw was light, Russia would not have to throw its final stone with the winning points already in the house.

 

The U.S. is seeking its first world title at this event with their best finish coming in 2016 when the Americans took home bronze.

 

Line score:

Russia   100 101 02 – 5

*USA     011 010 10 – 4

*last rock in first end

 

Playoff matchups, 9 a.m. Friday:

No. 1 Sweden vs. No. 16 New Zealand

No. 8 Norway vs. No. 9 Czech Republic

No. 5 Australia vs. No. 12 Switzerland

No. 4 Hungary vs. No. 13 Japan

 

Playoff matchups, 1 p.m. Friday:

No. 3 Estonia vs. No. 14 Scotland

No. 6 England vs. No. 11 USA

No. 7 Canada vs. No. 10 Finland

No. 2 Russia vs. No. 15 Spain

 

Final round robin standings:

Group A:

Sweden              6-1Q

Canada               6-1Q

Japan                  6-1Q

Denmark            3-4

Belarus               3-4

Romania             3-4

Hong Kong         1-6

Ukraine               0-7

 

Group B:

Hungary             7-0Q

Switzerland        6-1Q

Turkey                5-2

Austria                3-4

Brazil                   3-4

Chinese Taipei   2-5

Guyana               1-6

Netherlands      1-6

 

Group C:

Australia             5-2Q

Czech Rep.         5-2Q

Italy                     5-2

China                  5-2

Wales                  4-3

France                 2-5

Croatia                1-6

Nigeria                1-6

 

Group D:

Estonia               6-1Q

Norway               6-1Q

Scotland             6-1Q

Germany            4-3

Slovakia              3-4

Lithuania            2-5

Belgium              1-6

Mexico                0-7

 

Group E:

England              6-1Q

Finland               5-2Q

New Zealand     5-2Q

Korea                  5-2

Kazakhstan        4-3

Ireland                2-5

Qatar                  1-6

Saudi Arabia      0-7

 

Group F:

Russia                 6-1Q

USA                     6-1Q

Spain                   6-1Q

Poland                4-3

Latvia                  3-4

Slovenia              2-5

Greece                1-6

Kosovo                0-7

 

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 round robin results:

USA 10, Poland 1

USA 9, Latvia 3

USA 13, Greece 4

USA 11, Kosovo 0

USA 12, Slovenia 3

USA 8, Spain 5

Russia 5, USA 4

 

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).