NORMAN, Okla.—Part one of the Bedlam series takes place this weekend as the No. 14 Oklahoma women’s tennis team takes on the No. 39 OSU Cowgirls Sunday March 9 in Stillwater, Okla.
The non-conference matchup is one of ten matches being featured on ESPN3 as part of the College MatchDay initiative. Along with the match being delivered by ESPN3, those in attendance will have the opportunity to experience the 53-foot Fan Experience trailer where they can engage in a number of activities before and during the match.
To watch the match, fans can click the following link to access watchESPN: http://es.pn/1ou67Gi
“Both teams are truly honored that College MatchDay has chosen our rivalry to be televised this spring,” OU women’s head coach David Mullins said. “Both programs have improved tremendously over the last five years and we have had some great battles with a lot of really high quality tennis in recent times.”
The Sooners (9-1) are coming off a bye week in which they posted their highest weekly ranking in program history. OU is currently riding a seven-game winning streak, including a 4-0 win streak away from Norman.
The Cowgirls (5-5) are coming off a 6-1 win over Wichita State. OSU won the last meeting against the Sooners, breaking their five-match losing streak to Oklahoma that dated back to 2009. The Cowgirls lead the all-time Bedlam series 29-20.
The match will be televised starting at 1 p.m. and will follow a different format than regular duals. The match 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.
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.”