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Feb. 18, 2019
USA ladies slip to 1-2 at 2019 World Juniors
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The resilient U.S. ladies tried to battle back but fell 11-6 to Russia today in round robin action of the 2019 World Junior Championships at the Queens Place Emera Centre.
Led by Cait Flannery, Team USA fell behind early to Vlada Rumiantseva’s team but scored three points in the sixth end to narrow the gap on the scoreboard to a 5-4 Russian lead. The U.S. then stole two points in the seventh end to take their only lead of the match. However, karma would be returned as Russia scored six points over the next two ends – a deuce followed by a big steal of four points – to put the game away in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
“We had a good fifth-end break and we pulled it back a little after that, but we couldn’t quite pull it through,” said Flannery, 19, a student at Minnesota State University. “It’s still fun to be here though.”
Flannery (Mankato, Minn.) and teammates Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.), Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.) and Rebecca Miles (Duluth, Minn.) return to the ice on Tuesday with two matches on the schedule. In the morning draw they’ll take on Korea (2-1) and then battle Scotland in the evening draw.
Andrew Stopera and the American men (1-2) are currently on the ice taking on Italy (1-2). All results can be found at www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2019.
*Russia 201 020 024 x – 11
USA women 000 103 200 x – 6
*last stone in first end
New Zealand 2-1
Here is a look at the competition schedule for the American teams (all times local, Atlantic Time Zone):
Tuesday: 9 a.m., USA women vs. Korea (Minji Kim); 2 p.m. USA men vs. Norway (Magnus Ramsfjell); 7 p.m., USA women vs. Scotland (Lisa Davie)
Wednesday: 9 a.m., USA men vs. Sweden (Daniel Berggren); 2 p.m., USA women vs. China (Yu Han); 7 p.m., USA men vs. New Zealand (Matthew Neilson)
Thursday: 9 a.m., USA women vs. Sweden (Tova Sundberg); 2 p.m., USA men vs. Switzerland (Marco Hoesli); 7 p.m., USA women vs. Switzerland (Raphaela Keiser)
Friday: 9 a.m., USA men vs. Scotland (Ross Whyte); 2 p.m., USA women vs. Norway (Maia Ramsfjell)
Friday: 7:30 p.m., men’s and women’s semifinals
Saturday: 10 a.m., men’s gold- and bronze-medal games
Saturday: 3 p.m., women’s gold- and bronze-medal games
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