WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced last week that College MatchDay, the nationwide series spotlighting college tennis, will feature 10 women’s matches on 10 different campuses in 2014, three of which will be delivered by ESPN3.
The series will kick off in Tallahassee, Fla., with Florida State hosting LSU at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday on ESPN3. This will mark the LSU women’s tennis team’s first appearance on ESPN3.
“It is really exciting to be a part of College MatchDay because of the immense amount of exposure it brings to our program and for college tennis,” said LSU head coach Julia S. Sell. “We are really grateful for this as there is a huge push in college tennis to try and get our sport more television time, and College MatchDay only helps facilitate that progress.”
College MatchDay is a weekly series highlighting marquee team matches featuring the best programs, players and coaches around the country. In addition to the ESPN3 coverage, four 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 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.”
LSU’s match, like all MatchDay contests delivered on ESPN3, will follow a unique, experimental format, as proposed by an advisory group of NCAA Division I athletic directors: all six singles matches will be played first, best of three tiebreak sets, with each singles match worth one point toward the team total (four points are 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 tiebreakers – 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. This dual match will count toward LSU’s overall win-loss record.
“I really like the singles-first format because it increases the fan experience and makes doubles even more exciting,” said LSU head coach Julia Sell. “It shortens the matches considerably and allows fans to become more invested in your program.”
2014 Women’s College MatchDay Schedule
(All Times are Central)
#LSU at Florida State - Sat., Feb. 8 11 a.m.
Oregon at Minnesota - Sun., Feb. 16 11 a.m.
NC State at North Carolina - Sun., Feb 23 Noon
#* Texas A&M at Florida - Fri., Feb. 28 4 p.m.
%* Oklahoma at Oklahoma State - Sun., March 9 1 p.m.
%* Texas A&M at Baylor - Wed., March 19 5 p.m.
Florida at Alabama - Sun., March 23 1 p.m.
Northwestern at Duke - Wed., March 26 2 p.m.
#* Missouri at Georgia - Sun., March 30 Noon
Nebraska at Illinois - Sun., April 13 Noon
# Indicates match will be delivered on ESPN3
% Indicates ESPN3 delivery pending
* Denotes Fan Experience trailer will be on site.