USA athletes help North America sweep afternoon mixed doubles draw

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 18, 2019, 7:07 p.m. (ET)

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Jan. 18, 2019

Team North America sweeps afternoon mixed doubles draw at 2019 WFG Continental Cup

(LAS VEGAS) – With a sweep of this afternoon’s mixed doubles draw, Team North America is inching its way back into contention for a seventh straight title at the 2019 WFG Continental Cup.

Four U.S. athletes took part in the three wins today at Orleans Arena as North America cut into Team World’s dominating 11-4 lead.

USA’s Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) teamed up with Canada’s Colton Flasch for a last rock win over Team World’s Swiss duo of Melanie Barbezat and Valentin Tanner.

“The crowd was a lot of fun; the team was a lot of fun. It was really great being out there,” Anderson said. “I was definitely really nervous the whole time, so I tried to calm myself the last half of the game. Colton carried me through the game and was a great teammate so we agreed to forever play with each other.”

Anderson’s last rock draw for the win was the first game to finish in the afternoon draw.

“I felt pretty good because I threw a lot of draws that game and I trusted his sweeping so I just kind of threw out to him,” Anderson said.

The duo controlled most of the ends against the Swiss team and used its power play to ensure the win in the eighth.

“Mixed doubles is a lot of work! I swept every rock. Taylor’s a little girl so I said I’d sweep all the rocks out there. We made a lot of shots, and it was a lot of fun,” Flasch said.

USA’s Jamie Sinclair and Chris Plys took down Team World’s Sarah McManus and Niklas Edin, 8-4, despite a valiant last end effort by the Swedes.

“This is a great Team World they have. This is probably one of the best ones I can ever remember,” Plys said. “We don’t want to just roll over. Whatever happens, happens but we at least want to push it to Sunday and make it interesting for the fans. That was a big difference today – the engagement with the crowd was a lot louder. It’s the same as any sport – if the home team is getting its butt kicked, it can really quiet a crowd. And, that is what was happening so hopefully we can continue getting some more wins tonight and be right back in this thing to start tomorrow.”

Olympic champ Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) was paired with fellow 2018 Olympian Emma Miskew of Canada with the duo making a ton of shots on their way to an 8-4 defeat of Team World’s Lauren Gray and Grant Hardie of Scotland.

Hamilton and Miskew got off to a strong start – scoring two in the opening end and capitalizing for a single steal after a great tap-back with Miskew’s final stone in the second. More great shooting in the third end resulting in the North American team stealing two points to extend the lead to 6-0. A nice hit and roll from Miskew in the fourth saved the North Americans from giving up a big end. Instead Gray missed her takeout and Hamilton and Miskew stole one more point to take full control. Team World finally got better positioning in the fifth end to set up a three-point score. However, Miskew and Hamilton put two more on the scoreboard in the sixth to keep a comfortable lead.

The focus tonight turns to traditional men’s curling as John Shuster’s team will take on Edin’s Swedish rink at 6:30 p.m. PT. Kevin Koe will lead his rink against Peter de Cruz’s camp while Brad Gushue is set to battle Bruce Mouat’s team. Tomorrow the debut of mixed and team scramble competitions will take place. The pairings for those games will be announced later today.

Live webstreaming of the event for U.S. fans is available on ESPN3 as part of Curling Canada’s partnership. Webstreaming details and a link to scores and standings are included on this page: https://go.teamusa.org/2DAFBOY

Current point totals:
Team North America:  4
Team World:  11

(First team to 30.5 points wins)

Schedule for the first two days:

Friday: 6:30 p.m., men’s team play
Sheet A - Team Koe (North America) vs. Team de Cruz (World)
Sheet B - Team Shuster (North America) vs. Team Edin (World)
Sheet C - Team Gushue (North America) vs. Team Mouat (World)

What’s at stake:

A purse of $130,000 (Canadian), with $84,500 going to the winning side. A total of 60 points are available to win, with the first team to earn more than 30 points being declared the winner.

Format:

Teams will compete in two draws – one men’s and one women’s – of traditional team play, reduced from six. Each team at the event will play one game worth one point in the overall standings. There will be four mixed doubles draws, increased from three. Each player will compete in a full mixed doubles game, and each of those games will be worth one point in the overall standings.

 

New this year are the Team Scramble and Mixed Team Play events, which put an emphasis on how curlers can perform with teammates they’d regularly play against as opponents. In the team scramble, men’s and women’s teams will be mixed to form new same-gender lineups. However, front-end and back-end teammates cannot be on the same rink. There will be one men’s and one women’s Team Scramble draw, with each game worth one point in the overall standings.

 

The Mixed Team Play comprises two men and two women on a team. There will be one draw of Mixed Team Play with two games featuring lineups of a male skip, female vice skip, male second and female lead. The third game will feature a female skip, male vice skip, female second and male lead. Mixed Team Play games will be worth two points each in the overall standings.

The World Financial Group Continental Cup will conclude with two draws of Skins games, with each game worth five points in the overall standings.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), and Twin Cities Orthopedics, and is partnered with Carhartt, 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).