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Persinger and Plys open Mixed Doubles group play with tight win against Australia

Team USA opens group play 1-0
Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys Team USA Mixed Doubles Curling
Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys Team USA Mixed Doubles Curling(NBC)
Published: Feb. 2, 2022 at 5:12 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanksan curler, Vicky Persinger, and her mixed doubles teammate, Chris Plys began their Olympic journey against Team Australia earlier this morning. Their competition was the duo of Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt.

WATCH THE WIN - TEAM USA BEATS AUSTRALIA in MIXED DOUBLES CURLING

The first four ends of play went back and forth. Australia scored one in the first and third, and USA responded with one each in the second and fourth. In the fifth end, Australia held the last stone advantage, but Persinger and Plys were able to steal the first point of the game, and then the game of strategy really came out to play.

The United States held a one point lead with three ends left to play, and even though the lead was small, it forced Australia to use their powerplay, and in the sixth end Australia exploited the powerplay to their advantage, scoring three and gained a 5-3 lead on the United States.

Australia’s three in the sixth, pushed USA to use their powerplay in the seventh. Although it wasn’t as efficient as Australia’s, Persinger and Plys were able to tie the game at 5-5 before heading into the eighth and final end. The win would be difficult though for the States. Since they scored in the previous end, Australia held the last stone advantage.

After Persinger had delivered the first stone of the end, Plys tried to throw in two guard stones, but each time, Australia was able to remove them with successful take-outs. The United States had a choice to make: guard or draw. After calling a timeout and a quick consultation with their coach, Persinger chose to draw, laid it down in the button. Australia’s Tahlia Gill had the last throw of the game, and all she needed to do was eliminate Persinger’s previous throw, but missed the take-out, and the United States would finish their first game at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games in close fashion with a 6-5 win.

The next game for Persinger and Plys will be against Team Italy, February 2nd at 4:05 (AKST). There are ten teams in the mixed doubles competition. All teams will play one another and the top four teams will advance to the semifinals on Monday, February 7th. The Bronze Medal game will follow later that day, with the Gold Medal game for Mixed Doubles taking place on Tuesday, February 8th.

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