Winter Universiade curling: Canadian women move to 5-0, men drop to 1-3

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Feb 07, 2015

GRANADA, Spain (Courtesy of Canadian Curling Association) – The Canadian women’s curling team took hold of first place at the 27th Winter Universiade with two more wins on Saturday, including a 9-3 victory over previously undefeated Sweden.

Breanne Meakin’s Ottawa-based team — third Lauren Horton, second Lynn Kreviazuk, lead Jessica Armstrong and coach Doug Kreviazuk — took advantage of hammer in their morning game against Sweden’s Sara McManus to dominate the scoreboard throughout the game. Leading 5-2 at the break, Canada scored a huge four in the seventh to put the game away early.

In the women’s evening game, Switzerland’s Michele Jaeggi stole one in the ninth end to trail the Canadians by one, but Meakin and her Carleton Ravens teammates scored a single in the tenth to earn the 6-4 victory and keep their undefeated streak going.

“We’re in a good spot,” said Meakin after the game. “We’re all playing well. The results so far are giving us a lot of confidence, and we’re really looking forward to the rest of the week.”

The Canadian women sit at the top of the standings with a 5-0 record, just ahead of the Russian Federation’s Anna Sidorova and Sweden’s McManus who are tied for second with 4-1 records.

“The team has exceeded expectations so far,” says coach Doug Kreviazuk three days into the competition. “If you told us that we’d win the first five, we would have been thrilled. We’re in great position to attain our goals.”

On the men’s side, Matt Dunstone and his Winnipeg team of third Jim Coleman, second Daniel Grant, lead Chris Gallant and coach Scott Grant lost a close 8-6 contest to Switzerland’s Kim-Lloyd Sciboz and continue to trail the leaders with a 1-3 record.

On Sunday, the Canadian men have two games, facing the Russian Federation’s Evgeny Arkhipov (3-1), who sits in second place behind Norway’s Steffen Walstad (4-0), at 3 a.m. EST and then taking on Spain’s Sergio Vez (1-3) at 3 p.m. EST. The women will meet Spain’s Patricia Arbues (0-5) at 9 a.m. EST.

Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 4
CAN 2 0 1 0 2 0 4 x x x – 9
SWE 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 x x x – 3

Game 5
CAN 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 – 6
SUI 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 – 4

Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 4
CAN 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 – 6
SUI 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 – 8

Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/

TEAM CANADA SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times local / 6 hours ahead of EST)

Official FISU results & pool standings (women):
http://wuni15.sportresult.com/HIDE/en/-60/Root/ViewPdf/CUW400000_C76A_5.0.pdf

Official FISU results & pool standings (men):
http://wuni15.sportresult.com/HIDE/en/-60/Root/ViewPdf/CUM400000_C76A_4.0.pdf

Women
Feb. 5 (9:00): Canada 6, South Korea 4
Feb. 5 (19:00): Canada 10, Japan 2
Feb. 6 (14:00): Canada 9, Great Britain 0
Feb. 7 (9:00): Canada 9, Sweden 3
Feb. 7 (19:00): Canada 6, Switzerland 4
Feb. 8 (14:00): Canada vs. Spain
Feb. 9 (9:00): Canada vs. Norway
Feb. 9 (19:00): Canada vs. Russia
Feb. 10 (14:00): Canada vs. USA
Feb. 11: Tie-breaking games (if required)
Feb. 12 (9:00): Semifinals
Feb. 12 (16:00): Bronze
Feb. 13 (9:00): Final

Men
Feb. 5 (14:00): USA 6, Canada 5
Feb. 6 (9:00): Great Britain 7, Canada 4
Feb. 6 (19:00): Canada 8, Czech Republic 2
Feb. 7 (14:00): Switzerland 8, Canada 6
Feb. 8 (9:00): Canada vs. Russia
Feb. 8 (19:00): Canada vs. Spain
Feb. 9 (14:00): Canada vs. Norway
Feb. 10 (9:00): Canada vs. Sweden
Feb. 10 (19:00): Canada vs. Japan
Feb. 11: Tie-breaking games (if required)
Feb. 12 (9:00): Semifinals
Feb. 12 (16:00): Bronze
Feb. 13 (16:00): Final

About the Winter Universiade

The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

The Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.

NOTE: Biathlon and nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.

Official website: www.granada2015.org

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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