Holland comes up short

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

Amber Holland's road to the Olympics ended in Edmonton yesterday.

The Regina team came up short, on the wrong side of a 7-6 score against Thunder Bay's Krista McCarville, who won her second tiebreaker of the day to reach last night's semifinal.

Allowing four points in the sixth end, Holland watched McCarville set the pace.

"Krista made two great shots," Holland said.

"If my first rock goes two inches more, she doesn't have the double on the first one.

"I just miss the freeze and she makes great shots. You can't take anything away from them, and we weren't as sharp in the middle ends. That's what happens.

But Holland stormed back, outscoring her opponent 4-1 in the final four frames of regulation to force an 11th end.

"We battled. We had a lot of games where we didn't play to our potential and it would have been really easy to fold up your tent and go home, but we stayed in it," Holland said.

"Even this game, we didn't play to our potential the first part and we just kept at 'em.

"It comes down to that, unfortunately, we didn't make it."

But they didn't let a four-end lapse be the decider.

"For sure," Holland said. "Obviously, you look at the scoreboard, it doesn't help. My hit and rollout for two, that doesn't help. We just stayed in it, which is good."

As was their run at the Roar, making it to a tiebreaker despite getting off to a 1-3 start.

"We play this game for more than just winning," Holland said.

"If we play to just win every single event we go in, we're going to be thoroughly disappointed because you're not going to win everything.

"It's been well worth it, it's been a great ride.

"We have a great team and we enjoyed ourselves."


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