Team USA, skipped by Fairbanks’ Cora Farrell, qualified for the playoffs of the 2020 World Junior B Championships in Lohja, Finland when it beat Turkey’s Team Mihriban Polat 11-2 on Sunday.
Entering the contest the two teams were tied for second place in Group A with a 2-1 record in round robin play. The winner of the preliminary matchup would secure second place in Group A and an automatic playoff bid.
The Americans built an early 3-0 lead. Turkey scored a point to end the third, but the U.S team scored five points in the fourth and added three more in the sixth to take the win.
The U.S. team, now 3-1, holds the second place spot in Group A. The undefeated Italians, who beat the Americans on Friday, hold the top spot.
Playoffs begin at the conclusion of the round robin with the top two teams in each of the three groups and the two best third place teams advancing.
The top three teams this weekend earn berths to the 2020 World Junior Curling Championships on Feb. 15-22 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Farrell is aided by Cait Flannery, of Mankato, Minnesota; Leah Yavarow, of Bemidji, Minnesota; Allison Howell, of Solon, Ohio; and Rebecca Miles, of Duluth, Minnesota.
The Americans finish the Group A round robin today against Spain’s Team Maria Gomez.
Playoffs take place Tuesday, while semifinals and medal matches will be contested Wednesday.
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