March 7, 2014
WACO, Texas - The 18th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team's March 19 match vs. No. 10 Texas A&M will be broadcast on ESPN3 as part of the United States Tennis Association's College MatchDay, a nationwide series spotlighting college tennis.
The top 20 showdown slated for 5 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis will be played using an experimental format. 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.
In addition to the ESPN3 coverage, the College MatchDay event will feature a 53-foot, interactive Fan Experience trailer on site, where fans can engage in a number of activities starting at 3 p.m.
Baylor has already faced Texas A&M earlier this year on Feb. 20, dropping a 4-3 contest in College Station.
The match is one of 22 to be featured on College MatchDay at 18 different campuses.
The Lady Bears are 9-3 on the season and hold an 8-2 record at home.
On Friday, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its attendance race numbers through the month of February. Currently, the Lady Bears lead the nation in the total attendance race with 1,927 fans through nine matches. That is 777 more than any other school in the country. BU is averaging 214 fans per match, which is third best nationally.
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