Winter Universiade curling: Canadian women claim silver

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Feb 13, 2015

GRANADA, Spain – Russian skip Anna Sidorova scored a knockout single with her hammer stone in the extra end to hand Canada’s women’s curling team its first loss of the 27th Winter Universiade, with a 9-8 decision in the gold medal match at Fuentenueva Pavilion on Friday.

Sidorova, a former figure skater, had also led Russia to Universiade gold two years ago in Trentino, Italy, thanks to an 8-4 triumph over South Korea. The experienced skip competed for Russia’s Olympic curling teams in 2010 and 2014, leading the national program to a ninth-place finish at the Sochi Games, and also claimed bronze at the 2014 world championship in Saint John, N.B.

On Friday in Granada, the Russians clawed back from a 6-2 deficit after five ends to avenge a 9-7 round-robin loss to Canada on Monday.

Canada, meanwhile, earns its second medal of the biennial Games, following a second-place finish in women’s hockey on Thursday, also against Russia.

Canadian women’s curling teams have now placed on the podium four times since the sport made its Universiade debut in 2003, including the country’s lone triumph in 2007 in Turin, Italy, as well as a trio of silver medals (2003, 2009, 2015).

“I thought it was a great match,” said Canadian head coach Doug Kreviazuk, who also coaches the Carleton University Ravens’ women’s team. “My girls played fantastic, like they have all week. You can’t take anything away from them; they battled against a very good Russian team right to the very end. An inch here, or an inch there and it’s a different story. We’re coming home with a silver medal, and we’re very proud.”

Team Canada skip Breanne Meakin (Winnipeg) from the University of Manitoba and her Ottawa-based team of third Lauren Horton (Almonte, Ont.), second Lynn Kreviazuk (Ottawa) and lead Jessica Armstrong (Ottawa) from Carleton have only been together for a few months, and just four competitions. They breezed through the round-robin, earning a sterling 9-0 record (compared to a 7-2 mark for Russia), becoming just the second Canadian team to have a perfect record after the round-robin, and then blitzed Switzerland 8-3 in the semifinal.

They got off to a strong start in the gold medal match as well, scoring a deuce in the second end, and then stealing three more after a Sidorova miss in the third to sit with a 6-2 lead after five ends.

Sidorova, however, settled her team down and started making shots. After the break between fifth and sixth ends, the Russians scored a huge triple to make the score 6-5 for Canada, and then added a pair in the eighth after a Canadian single in the seventh.

Tied at 7-7, Russia scored in the ninth, but Meakin managed to draw for one in the 10th to send the match to an extra end.

With Russia having the hammer in the final frame, Meakin placed her final stone on top of the eight-foot, but Sidorova scored the knockout and the single point for the win.

“We had a phenomenal week… and we came up just a little bit short. I’m still proud of our team, how we played, and all of Team Canada,” said Meakin, an alternate on the 2013 Universiade team and Canada’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony in Granada, who captured a silver medal at the 2009 junior world championship. “If you told us we were going to go 10-1 in this event, we probably would have been happy. It’s a little tough to swallow at the moment, but I know in the long run, we’ll be proud of what we did.

“I can’t look back on the week, and think that we did anything wrong. We played as well as we should have, we were totally prepared, and other than a couple shots, I wouldn’t have done anything differently. I don’t have any regrets… we were prepared and did all the right things during the competition.”

Women’s Final (extra end)

CAN 0 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 – 8
RUS 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 2 1 0 1 – 9

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_14.0.pdf

Official FISU results & pool standings (men: after bronze medal match):
http://wuni15.sportresult.com/HIDE/en/-60/Root/ViewPdf/CUM400000_C76A_12.0.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): Russia 9, Canada 8 (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:

2015 (Granada, Spain): Women: Silver / Men: 5th
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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