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College MatchDay to highlight 22 top matches in 2014

January 30, 2014 07:50 AM
Dane Webb and his Oklahoma teammates will take on Florida State in the first College MatchDay event of the year.

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By Sally Milano, USTA.com
 
Collegiate tennis fans are about to experience their favorite teams in action like never before, as College MatchDay kicks off its 2014 season in Tallahassee, Fla., next week, with the Florida State men hosting Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 7, and the Seminole women hosting LSU on Saturday, Feb. 8. Both matches will be carried on ESPN3.

First developed in 2013, College MatchDay is a weekly series that highlights marquee team matches and features the best programs, players and coaches from around the country. Twenty-two matches on 18 different campuses will be showcased in 2014, 11 of which will be delivered by ESPN3.

In addition to the ESPN3 coverage, eight College MatchDays will feature a 53-foot, interactive Fan Experience trailer on site where fans can engage in a number of activities before and during the match.

“College tennis is such an amazing and exciting competition, and College MatchDay is a way to shine a light on schools, teams, players and coaches,” said Virgil Christian, the USTA’s Director of Collegiate Tennis. “We hope that College MatchDay can change the landscape of viewing college tennis, both in person and at home.”

Every MatchDayshown on ESPN3 will follow a unique, experimental format, as proposed by an advisory group of NCAA Division I athletic directors, in which all six singles matches will be played first, with a best-of-three tiebreak sets format.

Each singles match will be worth one point toward the team total, with four points required to win the team match. Once one team reaches four points and clinches the match, the remaining matches will not be completed. In the case of a 3-3 tie after the singles matches, three doubles matches – played using 10-point super tiebreaks – will be used to determine the winner in what amounts to college tennis’ version of “overtime.” The team that wins two of the three doubles matches wins the team match.

All MatchDay dual matches will count toward each team’s win-loss record both overall and, if applicable, in conference. For MatchDays that will not be carried on ESPN3, the participating teams will play using the traditional format, where the doubles matches are played first utilizing an eight-game pro set for each of the three matches, followed by six singles matches played best two-out-of-three sets.

“We’re honored to open the season to College MatchDay," said Florida State men’s coach Dwayne Hultquist. "I think it’s a great idea to get more exposure for college tennis. I can’t thank the USTA enough for selecting us. I’m looking forward to a great match with Oklahoma in an exciting environment.”

For the complete 2014 College MatchDay schedule, see below:


2014 College MatchDay Schedule (as of Feb. 25, 2014)

Week Day Date Time (ET) Match Gender
1 Friday Feb. 7 5 p.m. Oklahoma at Florida State Men
1 Saturday Feb. 8 12 p.m. LSU at Florida State Women
2 Friday Feb. 14 7 p.m. Arkansas at Tulsa Men
2 Sunday Feb. 16 12 p.m. Oregon at Minnesota Women
3 Saturday Feb. 22 7 p.m. * Ball State at Notre Dame Men
3 Sunday Feb. 23 1 p.m. NC State at UNC Women
4 Friday Feb. 28 5 p.m. * Texas A&M at Florida Women
4 Saturday March 1 2 p.m. Texas at TCU Men
5 Wednesday March 5 TBD DePaul at Purdue Men
5 Sunday March 9 2 p.m.  *Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Women
5 Wednesday March 12 4 p.m. Duke vs. Old Dominion at IMG Bradenton Women
6 Friday March 14 7 p.m. * Pepperdine at Illinois Men
6 Saturday March 15 11 a.m. Howard at NC Central (HBC) Men
6 Wednesday March 19 6 p.m. * Texas A&M at Baylor Women
7 Sunday March 23 11 a.m. FSU at Duke Women
7 Sunday March 23 2 p.m. Florida at Alabama Women
7 Sunday March 23 3 p.m. * Virginia at Duke Men
7 Wednesday March 26 3 p.m. Northwestern at Duke Women
8 Friday March 28 7 p.m. * Georgia at Texas A&M Men
8 Sunday March 30 1 p.m. * Missouri at Georgia Women
9 Friday April 4 5 p.m. Arkansas at Georgia Men
9 Saturday April 5 10 a.m. Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M (HBC) Men
10 Friday April 11 3 p.m. NC State at Virginia Men
10 Sunday April 13 1 p.m. Nebraska at Illinois Women


NOTE: Matches in bold text will be streamed live on ESPN3.

* College MatchDay Fan Experiences. Each Fan Experience begins two hours prior to match time.

 

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