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Vukich and Calcagno win Mixed Doubles title

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Dec. 6, 2009

 

Seattle's Vukich and Calcagno win 2010 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - In an all-Seattle championship final, the hometown team of Sharon Vukich and Mike Calcagno will represent the USA in Russia in April after winning the 2010 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle this afternoon.

 

Vukich and Calcagno upset the defending champion Cristin Clark and partner Sean Beighton, 10-4. It wasn't without a battle though. Vukich jumped out to an early lead with a critical four-ender in the fourth and held off a late rally by Clark and Beighton to seal the win and finish the competition undefeated.

 

Vukich, 52, a two-time U.S. women's national champion back in the 1980s, also won the 2009 U.S. Senior National title, placing sixth at the World Seniors. She'll wear USA once again, but this will be the first time for Calcagno, 40, who's played in past U.S. Club National Championships.

 

Vukich struck first scoring in the first two ends to grab an early 3-0 lead. Clark would earn a deuce in the third end but it was the fourth end that proved to be the key point in the match in this third installment of the U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship. Vukich and Calcagno were able to earn four points and never looked back. Trailing now 7-2 at this point, Clark and Beighton were forced to a single but would steal one more in the seventh end. With just one end remaining, the lead proved too insurmountable as Vukich and Calcagno popped a deuce to win the title.

 

They now head to the 2010 World Mixed Doubles Championship April 15-24 in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

 

Earlier in the day, the semifinals went right down to the final rocks as Vukich and Calcagno just clipped the team of Derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.) and Lysa Hambley (Lynnwood, Wash.), 7-6. Clark and Beighton needed an extra end to hold off Derek Surka and Charrissa Lin (New Haven, Conn.), 8-7. It was the first losses for both teams at the most inopportune time.

 

Line score, final:
Vukich-Calcagno* 210 410 02 10
Clark-Beighton 002 001 10 4

 

Line scores, semifinals:
McLean-Hambley* 110 102 10 6
Vukich-Calcagno 002 040 01 7

 

Surka-Lin  003 102 010 7
Clark-Beighton* 120 030 101 8
*last rock in first end

 

Final round robin standings:
Pool A:
*Cristin Clark-Sean Beighton  5-1
*Derrick McLean-Lysa Hambley 6-0
Emily Good-Jake Vukich  4-2
Barry VanWieringen-Cynthia Kozai 2-4
Bart Read-Abigail Read  2-4
Gary Mazzotta-Michelle Summer 1-5
Ben Levy-Emilia Juocys  1-5

 

Pool B:
*Derek Surka-Charrissa Lin  5-0
*Dean Gemmell-Janice Langanke 4-1
Gabrielle Coleman-Barry Ivy  2-3
David Cornfield-Leslie Frosch  2-3
Arnie Iwanick-Katie Kauffman 1-4
Tim Doherty-Connie Kupferschmidt 1-4

 

Pool C:
*Sharon Vukich-Mike Calcagno 5-0
*Joyance Meechai-Jason Nawyn 3-2
Steve Lundeen-Elizabeth Coffin 2-3
Senja Lopac-Matt Zyblut  2-3
Eric Schultz-Julie Smith  2-3
James Pleasants-Jaynie Pleasants 1-4
*clinched playoff berth

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, bitRail and Nike and is partnered with CurlingZone.com.

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Semifinals set at 2010 Mixed Doubles

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Dec. 5, 2009

 

Semifinals on tap Sunday at 2010 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The field of 19 has been narrowed down to four teams to determine who wears Team USA in Russia in April as play continues at the 2010 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle.

 

In quarterfinal action tonight, Sharon Vukich (Seattle) and Mike Calcagno (Kirkland, Wash.) continued their winning ways with a 7-4 defeat of the East Coast team of Dean Gemmell (Short Hills, N.J.) and Janice Langanke (Middletown, N.J.). The Plainfield, N.J., team held an early lead, but the hometown team of Vukich and Calcagno battled back in the second half of the eight-end match to earn a berth in tomorrow morning's semifinals. They'll face the undefeated team of Derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.) and Lysa Hambley (Lynnwood, Wash.), who along with Derek Surka and Charrissa Lin (New Haven, Conn.), earned the quarterfinal byes as the top seeds.

 

Surka and Lin of the Nutmeg (Conn.) Curling Club will face a familiar opponent in the defending champion Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.), who is playing this season with Sean Beighton (Seattle). Clark and Beighton handed Joyance Meechai (New York, N.Y.) and Jason Nawyn (Chelsea, Mass.) a 9-1 loss in the other quarterfinal by jumping out to a 7-0 lead halfway through the match.

 

The semifinals begin at 9 a.m. followed by the championship final at noon (all times PT). Live scoring is available via www.curlingseattle.org. The winning team of two will represent the USA at the 2010 World Mixed Doubles Championship April 15-24 in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

 

Line scores, quarterfinals:
Meechai-Nawyn 000 010 0x 1
*Clark-Beighton 132 101 1x 9

 

*Gemmell-Langanke 201 002 00 4
Vukich-Calcagno 010 210 12 7
*last rock in first end

 

Final round robin standings:
Pool A:
*Derrick McLean-Lysa Hambley 6-0

*Cristin Clark-Sean Beighton  5-1
Emily Good-Jake Vukich  4-2
Barry VanWieringen-Cynthia Kozai 2-4
Bart Read-Abigail Read  2-4
Gary Mazzotta-Michelle Summer 1-5
Ben Levy-Emilia Juocys  1-5

 

Pool B:
*Derek Surka-Charrissa Lin  5-0
*Dean Gemmell-Janice Langanke 4-1
Gabrielle Coleman-Barry Ivy  2-3
David Cornfield-Leslie Frosch  2-3
Arnie Iwanick-Katie Kauffman 1-4
Tim Doherty-Connie Kupferschmidt 1-4

 

Pool C:
*Sharon Vukich-Mike Calcagno 5-0
*Joyance Meechai-Jason Nawyn 3-2
Steve Lundeen-Elizabeth Coffin 2-3
Senja Lopac-Matt Zyblut  2-3
Eric Schultz-Julie Smith  2-3
James Pleasants-Jaynie Pleasants 1-4
*clinched playoff berth

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, bitRail and Nike and is partnered with CurlingZone.com.

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Five playoff berths determined

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Dec. 5, 2009

 

Five playoff berths determined at 2010 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The race for the playoff berths continues at the 2010 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle.

 

With two draws remaining in the round robin, five of the six playoff spots are determined.

 

Defending champion Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.) and partner Sean Beighton improved to 5-0 with a 6-3 win over Gary Mazzotta (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Michelle Summer (Maple Grove, Minn.). The team of Derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.) and Lysa Hambley (Lynnwood, Wash.) also is undefeated in Pool A with Clark and Beighton after handing the brother-sister duo of Em Good and Jake Vukich (both of Seattle) a lopsided 8-2 loss. Those two teams will square off at 5:30 today in the final round robin match. However, the teams will be playing for playoff seeding only as both teams have earned quarterfinal spots already.

 

Derek Surka and Charrissa Lin (New Haven, Conn.) kept their record unblemished as well with a close 6-5 win over the Plainfield Curling Club duo Dean Gemmell (Short Hills, N.J.) and Janice Langanke (Middletown, N.J.) to lock down a playoff spot. Gemmell and Langanke also advance to the playoffs as the second seed out of Pool B.

 

In Pool C, the undefeated team of Sharon Vukich (Seattle) and Mike Calcagno (Kirkland, Wash.) has earned a playoff spot. The other berth from this pool could be decided by the completion of the round robin (tiebreakers pending).

 

In other play this afternoon, the Maine team of Bart and Abigail Read earned its first win of the competition with an 8-5 defeat of Michigan's Ben Levy (Ypsilanti, Mich.) and Emilia Juocys (Rochester Hills, Mich.). David Cornfield (Seattle) and Leslie Frosch (Shoreline, Wash.) ended the competition on a winning note with a 7-6 defeat of Arnie Iwanick (La Center, Wash.) and Katie Kauffman (Lynnwood, Wash.).

 

Playoffs get underway at 8 (PT) tonight, pending tiebreakers. The championship final is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday. Live scoring will be available via www.curlingseattle.org.

 

The winning team of two will represent the USA at the 2010 World Mixed Doubles Championship April 15-24 in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Standings:
Pool A:
*Cristin Clark-Sean Beighton  5-0
*Derrick McLean-Lysa Hambley 5-0
Emily Good-Jake Vukich  3-2
Barry VanWieringen-Cynthia Kozai 2-3
Gary Mazzotta-Michelle Summer 1-4
Bart Read-Abigail Read  1-4
Ben Levy-Emilia Juocys  1-5

 

Pool B:
*Derek Surka-Charrissa Lin  5-0
*Dean Gemmell-Janice Langanke 4-1
Gabrielle Coleman-Barry Ivy  2-2
David Cornfield-Leslie Frosch  2-3
Arnie Iwanick-Katie Kauffman 1-4
Tim Doherty-Connie Kupferschmidt 0-4

 

Pool C:
*Sharon Vukich-Mike Calcagno 4-0
Steve Lundeen-Elizabeth Coffin 2-2
Senja Lopac-Matt Zyblut  2-2
Joyance Meechai-Jason Nawyn 2-2
James Pleasants-Jaynie Pleasants 1-3
Eric Schultz-Julie Smith  1-3
*clinched playoff berth

USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, bitRail and Nike and is partnered with CurlingZone.com.

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