Team Canada women took hold of first place at the 2015 Universiade in Granada, Spain, 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 Saturday 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.
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