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Wednesday February 19, 2014USTA's 'College MatchDay' to feature Gators-Texas A&M women's match Feb. 28 at UF

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The UF women's tennis team improved to 7-1 with a sweep of rival Florida State on Tuesday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No one has to tell folks at the USTA that Gators women's tennis coach Roland Thornqvist has a good thing going over at the courts off SW 2nd Ave.

College MatchDay

The Gators won back-to-back national titles in 2011 and 2012 and are consistently near the top of the polls. The fifth-ranked Gators knocked off rival Florida State 7-0 in a dual-match Tuesday afternoon.

Roland Thornqvist

The next time the Gators play at Scott Linder Stadium, the USTA will be there, too. So can you. If not in person, you can watch live on ESPN3.com.

As part of its 22-match, 18-campus tour, the USTA's "College MatchDay" will be at UF on Feb. 28 when the Gators host Texas A&M at 5 p.m.

The show is college tennis' version of ESPN's "College GameDay."

According to the USTA press release, "College MatchDay" is a weekly series featuring the best programs, coaches and players the college game has to offer.

In addition to the matches being carried live on ESPN3, the traveling event features a 53-foot interactive fan experience trailer on site where fans can engage in several activities before and during the match.

"We hope that 'College MatchDay' can change the landscape of viewing college tennis both in person and at home,'' said Virgil Christian, the USTA's director of collegiate tennis, in the press release.

This season's series started when the FSU men hosted Oklahoma on Feb. 7 and runs through April 13 when Illinois hosts Nebraska.

The event features a unique schedule compared to regular-season dual meets. The 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 match).

Once a team reaches four points and clinches, 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.

The Gators travel to California this weekend where they face Saint Mary’s on Saturday and No. 3 Stanford on Sunday.

And then it's back home, where "College MatchDay" awaits.

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