The United States led by as many as four and had to postpone a late rise from the Chinese team to an 8-6 victory on Sunday.
Through the first seven ends, at each end that Team USA scored, they scored two or more points. On the other hand, China never scored more than one point in a single finish.
That series ended in the eighth, when China Ma Xiuyues last stone took Team USA’s inner rock for two to reduce the USA’s lead to 7-5.
China stole another one in the eighth and was only behind with one with two ends left.
John Shusters teams had built up a significant lead early in a game they felt they needed to win.
In the second, Shuster, with his team lying one, threw a stone that knocked out of China’s closest seated stone for a 2-point finish and an early lead to Team USA.
Xiuyue missed a takeout attempt on his last throw in the third, which put a slight pull on the button for Shuster, who beat it to three to extend Team USA’s lead.
Shuster again had an easy draw in the tenth for the win. China’s last stone went behind a guard and just outside the 4-footer, and Shuster went the easy way out by placing the United States’ last stone on the button for victory.
Team USA came into Sunday’s match with the feeling that it was a must-win after falling to 2-3 in the standings after a loss to Canada earlier in the day.
USA (3-3) and China (2-4) will both take Session 8 off and return to the game on Monday at. 20.05 ET. Team USA will take on Switzerland and China will face Canada.