USA women debut at Curling World Cup with win over Scotland

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 30, 2019, 5:27 p.m. (ET)

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Jan. 30, 2019

USA women kick off Curling World Cup with win over Scotland

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Cory Christensen rink kicked off the third stage of the Curling World Cup with a convincing 6-2 win over Scotland tonight as the first day of competition came to a close in Jonkoping, Sweden.

It was the lone win on day one for the U.S. contingent competing at the Jonkoping Curling Club after losses earlier in the day by Mark Fenner’s men’s squad and the American mixed doubles team of Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton (both of McFarland, Wis.).

Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Jenna Martin (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Madison Bear (Minneapolis, Minn.) defeated Sophie Jackson’s rink in the double round robin in Group B to secure three points in the overall standings. The top team in each division moves on to Sunday’s championship final. Wins award three points while a victory via a shootout earns two, and a loss via shootout secures one point. The U.S. women have two matches on tap Thursday. In the morning they’ll take on Korea (1-0) while Japan (0-1) awaits in the evening session.

The Hamiltons couldn’t close out their match against Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Thomas Ulsrud in the morning draw, falling 8-5 to open the double round robin. The American duo took the lead with a solid fourth end where they scored three points only to have Norway answer with a fantastic shot to score three and gain the game’s momentum for good. The American siblings return to the ice tomorrow morning against Russia (1-0) and close out the day against China (0-1).

Mark Fenner and the U.S. men struggled in their World Cup debut as they fell to Sweden’s Niklas Edin, 11-1. Poor shooting by Fenner (Bemidji, Minn.) and his team of Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.), Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) and Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) to start the game gave Sweden a 4-0 advantage after two ends. After allowing the Swedes an easy deuce in the opening end, a light draw that didn’t curl enough from the American men resulted in a steal of two points. Half shots throughout the next few ends set up relatively difficult shots for Dropkin with the hammer stone as Sweden stole points in the third and fourth ends. The U.S. finally broke through in the fifth end to post a single point on the scoreboard. Sweden would close out the game with four points in the sixth, however. The U.S. men will face Japan (0-1) in their lone match on Thursday’s schedule.

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Standings (double round robin): Win-Loss-Total Points

Mixed Doubles, Group A:

Canada               1-0         3

Sweden              1-0         3

Korea                  0-1         0

Switzerland        0-1         0

Mixed Doubles, Group B:

Norway               1-0         3

Russia                 1-0         3

China                  0-1         0

USA                     0-1         0

Men, Group A:

Sweden              1-0         3

Switzerland        1-0         3

Japan                  0-1         0

USA                     0-1         0

Men’s Group B:

Canada               1-0         3

Scotland             1-0         3

Norway               0-1         0

China                  0-1         0

Women’s Group A:

China                  1-0         3

Sweden              1-0         3

Canada               0-1         0

Russia                 0-1         0

Women’s Group B:

Korea                  1-0         3

USA                     1-0         3

Japan                  0-1         0

Scotland             0-1         0

Playoffs:

The winner of each group after the double round robin concludes will advance to Sunday’s championship finals (mixed doubles, men’s, women’s).

How to watch:

The Olympic Channel and NBCSN are providing coverage in the U.S. To view the full TV/webstream schedule, click here.

Team USA’s remaining competition schedule (all times local, +7 CT):

Thursday:

8:30 a.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Russia’s Maria Komarova and Daniil Goriachev

12 p.m., USA women vs. Korea’s Minji Kim

4 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China’s Cao Chang and Yuan Mingjie; USA men vs. Japan’s Masaki Iwai

8 p.m., USA women vs. Japan’s Tori Koana

Friday:

8:30 a.m., USA men vs. Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller

12 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Norway

4 p.m., USA women vs. Scotland; USA men vs. Sweden

8 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Russia

Saturday:

8:30 a.m., USA women vs. Korea

12 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China; USA men vs. Japan

4 p.m., USA women vs. Japan

8 p.m., USA men vs. Switzerland

Sunday:

8:30 a.m., mixed doubles final

12 p.m., men’s final

4 p.m., women’s final

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).