DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s March 23 match against ACC opponent Virginia will be broadcast live on ESPN3, as announced Wednesday by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The contest will be one of 10 aired on ESPN3 this spring in conjunction with College MatchDay, the nationwide series spotlighting college tennis.
College MatchDay will cover 22 total matches across 18 different campuses, with 10 contests slated to be carried live on ESPN3. The weekly series kicks off in Tallahassee, Fla., with the Florida State men hosting Oklahoma Friday, Feb. 7, and will make its way to Durham Sunday, March 23 to broadcast the 2 p.m. conference matchup between the Blue Devils and Virginia at Ambler Tennis Stadium. College MatchDay will also feature the Duke women Wednesday, March 26 in its contest against Northwestern.
In addition to the ESPN3 coverage, College MatchDay’s 53-foot, interactive Fan Experience trailer will also be on site in Durham for the March 23 contest. The trailer will allow fans to engage in a number of activities before, during and after the match, including giveaways, a Wii station and a photo booth.
Every MatchDay that will be live streamed 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. 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 live streamed, the participating teams will not be held to the same, experimental format.
For more information about the upcoming College MatchDay experience at Duke, follow the Blue Devils on Twitter (@Duke_MTEN).