Playoff field nearly set at 2019 Arena Nationals

By Terry L. Davis | May 09, 2019, 12:19 p.m. (ET)


May 9, 2019


Women’s playoffs set at 2019 Arena National Championships


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The women’s playoffs are set at the 2019 USA Curling Arena National Championships in West Chester, Pa.


The round robin wrapped up this morning at Ice Line with the final berths being secured for Friday afternoon’s quarterfinals.


Cleveland’s Katy Mercer is looking to defend her championship win last year and secured a playoff spot with an 8-7 victory today over Cedar Rapids. Mercer (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and teammates Carole Negus (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Audrey Lynn (University Heights, Ohio), Phyllis Webb (Shaker Heights, Ohio), and Peggy Savani (South Euclid, Ohio) needed to score three points in the eighth end to defeat Helen Bryce’s team in Pool B action. Silicon Valley’s Diane Palme rink joins Cleveland out of that group after a 6-5 victory over Dallas-Fort Worth today. Palme (Woodside, Calif.) and her team of Amanda Chang (Santa Clara, Calif.), Melissa Wheeler (San Jose, Calif.), and Mary Riordan (Palo Alto, Calif.) also needed a big end to avoid a tiebreaker game and secure their playoff berth outright. They would score four in the eighth end to defeat Allison Donaldson’s squad.


In Pool A, Cincinnati’s Monique Penney led her team to an 11-5 victory over Circle City’s Tammy Hoffman to also avoid a tiebreaker match and advance out of group play to the quarterfinals with Curling Club of Houston (4-0). In Pool C, Katie Feldman’s Wine Country team finished the round robin with a perfect 4-0 record as they defeated Sioux Falls, led by Juliana Dick-Ford, by a 12-2 score. Feldman (Sacramento, Calif.) and her team of Laura Lunetta (Sacramento, Calif.), Suzan Minshall (Grass Valley, Calif.), Sonia Montero (Rocklin, Calif.), and Eliza Morris (Sacramento, Calif.) join Windy City’s Heather Semenuik rink in the playoffs from the C group.


One men’s tiebreaker game will take place this afternoon to determine the eighth men’s playoff team. Curling Club of Houston, Vikingland and Pittsburgh all finished with matching 3-1 records in Pool C. Houston had the best Draw Shot Challenge score to secure the first playoff spot. Vikingland’s Troy Dittberner and Pittsburgh’s Mark Robinson will square off at 2 p.m. ET today. The men’s quarterfinals will take place at 7 tonight followed by semifinals on Friday evening.


Live scores and standings are posted at



8 a.m. today (women): Diamond State 12, San Francisco Bay Area 1; Wine Country 12, Sioux Falls 2; Cleveland 8, Cedar Rapids 7; Silicon Valley 6, Dallas-Fort Worth 5; Cincinnati 11, Circle City 5


8 p.m. Wednesday (men): Vikingland 9, Pittsburgh 2; Wine Country 10, Lone Star 3; Houston 6, Las Vegas 2; St. Louis 8, Diamond State 4


8 p.m. Wednesday (women): Lone Star 12, Jersey Pinelands 11


Women’s standings:

Pool A:

Curling Club of Houston 4-0Q

Cincinnati                         3-1Q

Circle City                         2-2

Diamond State                 1-3

San Francisco Bay Area  0-4


Pool B:

Cleveland                         4-0Q

Silicon Valley                    3-1Q

Cedar Rapids                    2-2

Las Vegas                          1-3

Dallas-Fort Worth           0-4


Pool C:

Wine Country                  4-0Q

Windy City                        3-1Q

Lone Star                          2-2

Sioux Falls                         1-3

Jersey Pinelands              0-4



Men’s Pool A:

Dallas-Fort Worth           4-0Q

Kansas City                       3-1Q

Silicon Valley                    2-2

Long Island                       1-3

Circle City                         0-4


Pool B:

Wine Country                  3-1Q1

Cleveland Skating Club  3-1Q2

Lone Star                          2-2

Windy City                        2-2

Jersey Pinelands              0-4


Pool C:

Curling Club of Houston 3-1Q1

Pittsburgh                         3-1TB

Vikingland                        3-1TB

San Francisco Bay Area  1-3

Las Vegas                          0-4


Pool D:

Cincinnati                         4-0Q1

Sioux Falls                         3-1Q2

St. Louis                            2-2

Ocean State                      1-3

Diamond State                 0-4

Q=qualified to playoffs


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