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Feb. 14, 2019
Roth, Sinclair to meet in playoffs at 2019 National Championships
(KALAMAZOO, Mich.) – Two familiar foes will meet in the women’s playoffs tomorrow afternoon as defending champion Jamie Sinclair is set to square off against Olympian Nina Roth at the 2019 USA Curling National Championships.
The two teams concluded the round robin with matching 6-1 records after securing wins today at Wings Event Center. That puts Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) in the Page 1-2 game at 1 p.m. ET Friday against Sinclair (Manotick, Ontario) and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.). The winner will advance to Saturday’s gold-medal game.
The losing side of the Page 1-2 game will meet the winner of the tiebreaker match between Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and Stephanie Senneker (Port Huron, Mich.). That game also will be played at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Roth’s team got off to a fast start against Ann Podoll’s rink when they took a 5-0 lead after two ends. Roth’s side controlled the scoreboard and scored two points in the ninth end to sew up the 10-4 victory.
“It means a lot. We came into this week knowing that we wanted that spot, so I guess going through round robin with one loss was in our favor,” Hamilton said about reaching the Page 1-2 game. “So we are looking to move forward and take what we’ve learned and capitalize on this game. We try to generate the same energy for every game. So we just try to go out there and make sure we have a lot of communication, and we’re playing well, picking each other up … we should be fine.”
Sinclair had to make a delicate tap-back with her final stone of the game to hold off Annmarie Dubberstein’s team, 7-5. “That was our goal for the week, to make it to the 1-2 game, so we’re very happy we’ve played really well this week and we’re excited for the playoffs,” said Walker, who along with Sinclair, is going for her third straight national title.
Christensen and teammates Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Jenna Martin (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Madison Bear (Minneapolis, Minn.) allowed Ariel Traxler’s team back into the game in the eighth end when the junior girls scored three points to tie it up. Christensen’s side would control the next two ends and earn an 8-7 victory.
Senneker and her team of Rebecca Andrew (Rochester, N.Y.), Emilia Juocys (Lathrup Village, Mich.) and Maya Willertz (Midland, Mich.) capitalized on a key miss in the 10th end to force Kim Rhyme to draw for a single point to push the game to an extra end. Senneker would eventually draw into the four-foot for the 6-5 win to keep their gold-medal hopes alive.
“We set our expectations and our goals pretty high – and we knew it was very realistic,” Juocys said. “We all have great attitudes and practice a lot and we can get there.”
Women’s 9 a.m. results: Sinclair 7, Dubberstein 5; Christensen 8, Traxler 7; Senneker 6, Rhyme 5 (extra end); Roth 10, Podoll 4
Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.) 6-1Q
Jamie Sinclair (Manotick, Ontario) 6-1Q
Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) 5-2TB
Stephanie Senneker (Port Huron, Mich.) 5-2TB
Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.) 3-4
Ariel Traxler (Fairbanks, Alaska) 2-5
Ann Podoll (Fargo, N.D.) 1-6
Kim Rhyme (Minneapolis, Minn.) 0-7
Q=qualified to playoffs
TB=to play tiebreaker game
Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) 7-1Q
John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) 7-1Q
Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.) 6-2Q
Mark Fenner (Bemidji, Minn.) 5-3
Steven Birklid (Seattle) 4-4
Chase Sinnett (Medfield, Mass.) 3-5
Brandon Corbett (Rochester, N.Y.) 3-5
Scott Dunnam (Dresher, Pa.) 3-5
Jed Brundidge (West St. Paul, Minn.) 1-7
Sam Strouse (Midland, Mich.) 1-7
Q=qualified to playoffs
Team Roth: Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.), Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.)
Team Sinclair: Jamie Sinclair (Manotick, Ontario), Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.)
Team Ruohonen: Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Colin Hufman (Minneapolis, Minn.), Phil Tilker (Seattle), Jared Allen (Nashville, Tenn.)
Team Shuster: John Shuster (Superior, Wis.), Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.)
Team Birr: Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.), Greg Johnson (Appleton, Wis.), Hunter Clawson (Blaine, Minn.), Tom O’Connor (Robbinsdale, Minn.), Michael Roos (Nashville, Tenn.)
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