FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2014
Pottinger, Spatola lead women's division at 2014 USA Curling National Championships sweeps along in Philadelphia
Teams led by Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.) lead the women's division with perfect 4-0 records after earning wins this afternoon at IceWorks Skating Complex.
Spatola and teammates Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), and Sophie Brorson (Minneapolis, Minn.) poured on the offense in handing Alex Carlson's team its first loss of the tournament, 12-4.
"We've been doing really well so far. We've met all of our goals that we set before each game. My front end and vice are playing outstanding. They've made it really easy on me, which is really nice," said Spatola, 25, who won the women's title in 2010. "Everyone so far is staying healthy, which is very important. We're just really excited and glad we are on a bit of a roll right now."
Pottinger and teammates Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) earned their fourth win as they defeated the Gabrielle Coleman rink, 9-5. The Coleman rink played its second straight game without their skip, who is battling the flu.
Courtney George's team evened its record to 2-2 with an 11-4 victory over Caitlin Maroldo (1-3).
"I don't think too much has really changed from one game to another. We weren't all that pleased with this game. Even though it turned out to be a win, we had a really rough time trying to figure out the ice and be really specific," said George, who was a member of Team USA at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. "So this afternoon we just need to rest and start over and just go out and read a completely new sheet of ice."
George and teammates Aileen Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.), Amanda McLean (St. Paul, Minn.), and Monica Walker (Brighton, Mass.) took an early advantage over Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.) but gave up a steal of three points in the fifth end to give the lead away. After scoring four points in the seventh end, the game was back in Team George's control. The team followed up with a steal of four points to seal up their second victory.
The North Dakota junior team led by Abigayle Lindgren (Grand Forks, N.D.) picked up their first victory of the week in their Women's Nationals debut. Lindgren and teammates Katie Sigurdson (Grand Forks, N.D.), Emily Lindgren (Grand Forks, N.D.), and Kelsey Colwell (Fargo, N.D.) got past Amy Lou Anderson (0-4), 11-10, after stealing three points in the final end.
Cassie Potter's team shook off its two-game losing skid with a 9-3 victory over Sarah Anderson, which halted Team Anderson's two-game win streak.
The men's teams return to the ice at 4 p.m. while the women have the 8 p.m. draw. The round robin continues through Thursday morning. The Page playoffs get underway Thursday night for the ladies. The men's playoffs start at 12 p.m. Friday. Both gold-medal games will be contested on Saturday with the ladies taking the ice at 10 a.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.
The live webstream is available throughout the championship courtesy of USA Curling's partnership with the 12th End Sports Network. All the action from Sheet C/3 is being streamed live. A complete game schedule is available at www.usacurl.org. In addition, live scores, stats and standings from USA Curling partner CurlingZone.
Game scores, 12 p.m. (women): George 11, Maroldo 4; Potter 9, S. Anderson 3; Pottinger 9, Coleman 5; Lindgren 11, A. Anderson 10; Spatola 12, Carlson 4
Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 4-0
Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.) 4-0
Alex Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.) 3-1
Sarah Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) 2-2
Courtney George (St. Paul, Minn.) 2-2
Cassie Potter (St. Paul, Minn.) 2-2
Gabrielle Coleman (Mountain View, Calif.) 1-3
Abigayle Lindgren (Grand Forks, N.D.) 1-3
Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.) 1-3
Amy Lou Anderson (Plymouth, Minn.) 0-4
Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.) 2-1
Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) 2-1
Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.) 2-1
Alex Leichter (Wayland, Mass.) 2-1
Heath McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario) 2-1
John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.) 2-1
Peter Stolt (Plymouth, Minn.) 2-1
Brady Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.) 1-2
Eric Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) 0-3
Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.) 0-3
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