Winter Universiade curling: Canadian women off to final, to face reigning champion Russia

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Feb 12, 2015

GRANADA, Spain (Courtesy of Canadian Curling Association) – The Canadian women’s curling team will meet reigning champion Russia in the gold medal game at the 27th Winter Universiade after defeating Switzerland 8-3 in the semifinal on Thursday morning.

Skip Breanne Meakin of Winnipeg and her Ottawa-based team of third Lauren Horton, second Lynn Kreviazuk, lead Jessica Armstrong and coach Doug Kreviazuk from Carleton University finished the round robin at the top of the standings with a 9-0 record, but they got off to a slow start against Switzerland’s Michele Jaeggi, who kept a 5-4 record in the preliminary round, including a 6-4 loss to Canada.

After blanking the first end, the Canadians gave up two steals to trail 2-0. In the fifth, Meakin made a draw to the button to score a deuce, and the teams headed into the break tied 2-2.

Canada took control in the second half of the game, starting with a steal of three in the sixth end. They held Switzerland to singles and stole another deuce in the ninth when Jaeggi’s final rock slid through the house.

“We like to keep it open in the first few ends, but then I had some unforced errors, which could have been some nerves, but the girls were playing great today and they kept me in it. I started making a lot of shots and it paid off in the second half of the game,” said Meakin. “There was a definite momentum swing, especially after we stole three. The crowd really started to get into it, and it was a good finish.”

With the win, the Canadian women secure their spot in the gold medal game, Friday at 3 a.m. EST (9 a.m. local time) against Russia’s Anna Sidorova, who defeated Sara McManus of Sweden 10-4 in the other semifinal. Sidorova won Universiade gold in 2013 (Trentino, Italy) and bronze in 2011 (Erzurum, Turkey). The 2013 Russian squad is the only team in Universiade history to finish the competition with a perfect record.

Canada has played in three women’s finals since curling was added to the FISU program in 2003, including two against Russia. The Red and White edged the Russians 6-5 in 2007 in Turin, Italy, to capture its only Universiade title, and settled for silver in 2003 (11-2 loss to Russia) and 2009 (6-5 loss to China).

“We have a very record good record by sticking to our process, and relying on what we do well,” said Meakin, who defeated Russia 9-7 on Monday in round-robin action. “They’re obviously a very good team, but we’ll bring our best and see what happens.”

The Canadian men’s team – Matt Dunstone and his Winnipeg squad of Daniel Grant, Jim Coleman, Chris Gallant and coach Scott Grant – will be cheering from the sidelines after finishing fifth in the standings and missing the playoffs.

Women’s Semifinal

CAN 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 2 x – 8
SUI 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 x – 3

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_12.0.pdf

Official FISU results & pool standings (men):
http://wuni15.sportresult.com/HIDE/en/-60/Root/ViewPdf/CUM400000_C76A_11.0.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 16, Spain 2
Feb. 9 (9:00): Canada 8, Norway 7
Feb. 9 (19:00): Canada 9, Russia 7
Feb. 10 (14:00): Canada 11, USA 4
Feb. 12 (9:00): Canada 8, Switzerland 3 (semifinal)
Feb. 13 (9:00): Canada vs. Russia (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 9, Russia 5
Feb. 8 (19:00): Canada 11, Spain 2
Feb. 9 (14:00): Canada 9, Norway 7
Feb. 10 (9:00): Sweden 10, Canada 3
Feb. 10 (19:00): Canada 7, Japan 5

CANADA’S ALL-TIME UNIVERSIADE RESULTS IN CURLING:

2013 (Trentino, Italy): Women: 6th / Men: Bronze
2011 (Erzurum, Turkey): Women: 6th / Men: 5th
2009 (Harbin, China): Women: Silver / Men: 6th
2007 (Turin, Italy): Women: Gold / Men: 6th
2005 (Innsbruck-Seefeld, Austria): Curling not part of Universiade program
2003 (Tarvisio, Italy): Women: Silver / Men: Gold

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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