Continental Cup: Team World roars back with Friday night sweep
Regain points lead over Team North America in Las Vegas 10-8
Team World's early struggles were made up for in the evening draws on the second day of the 2016 Continental Cup.
After being swept in the morning draws, Team World — seeking their first Continental Cup title since 2012 — came back strong on Friday night by recording a sweep of their own over Team North America.
That leaves Team World with a 10-8 lead through two days and filled with a confidence that had been lacking since its most recent victory four years ago in Langley, B.C.
"What a night for Team World," said Eve Muirhead after skipping her Scottish team to a 6-2 win over Team North America's Erika Brown.
"It's always good to get a couple points ahead, and that's exactly what we did tonight. Three great wins, things are going well. It's not often that we're ahead at this time, so we just have to keep that going."
Muirhead took control of her game against Brown's U.S. team by scoring one in the first end, and stealing two more in the third.
Also, Norway's Thomas Ulsrud and Sweden's Niklas Edin picked up wins over Canadian powerhouse teams in evening play.
Ulsrud scored four in the second end and cruised to a 7-5 triumph over Calgary's Pat Simmons, while Edin scored the game's only deuce in the fourth end and hung on for a 4-3 win over another Calgary team, skipped by Kevin Koe.
"Clean sweep for Team World — I like it," said Ulsrud. "It's hard to say what happened [after the morning-draw losses]. I think our captain Andy Kapp said, 'hey, we need to get some team spirit going here.' We had lunch in the Team World lounge, we had some good talks and good laughs going. You can feel the team spirit now, everyone is pumped."
The Continental Cup resumes on Saturday with three more draws including the final round of mixed doubles competition, followed by traditional team games in the afternoon and evening draws.
A total of 60 points are available over the four days of competition in traditional team, mixed doubles and skins competition, with the first team to surpass 30.5 points declared the winner.