Women's Tennis Wins Big at Southwest Regionals

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Women's Tennis Wins Big at Southwest Regionals

FORT WORTH, Texas — All of the Lady Tigers competing in the ITA Southwest Regional Championships got at least one win Friday in LSU’s most successful day of the fall season.

Rocio Fantilli, Camila Caliari and Marina Chiarelli all advanced to the tournament’s round of 32 with two wins each. Caliari moved up with a big upset over 17th seeded Paige Brown of TCU, 6-3, 6-1.

“Everyone played very well today,” said LSU head coach Tony Minnis.

Daysi Espinal and Lauren Seaman both lost their first matches but bounced back in the consolation bracket. Espinal beat Rice’s Erica Villabos and Seaman easily beat UTEP’s Kendall Exelby, 6-1, 6-0.

The Lady Tigers were perfect Friday in doubles play. First-seeded Rocio Fantilli and Lauren Seaman, the 38th-ranked doubles team in the nation according to ITA, shut out their first opponent to advance to tomorrow’s 9 a.m. match against Texas-San Antonio’s Tasja Furhig and Paula Erausquin. Chiarelli and Espinal and Caliari and Bonnie White also won their respective matches.

All of the Lady Tigers will be back in action tomorrow morning starting at 9 a.m.

ITA Southwest Regional
Fort Worth, Texas

Round of 128
(9-16) #99 Rocio Fantilli (LSU) def. Nataliya Ostrovska (UL-Monroe), 6-4, 6-1
Camila Caliari (LSU) def. Megan Schmulbach (North Texas), 6-3, 6-0
(6) Monicca Peciulionyre (Texas-Arlington) def. Daysi Espinal (LSU), 7-5, 6-0
(17-24) Marina Chiarelli (LSU) def. Hristiyana Gocheva (Texas Tech), 6-4, 6-3
Veronica Perez (UL-Monroe) def. Lauren Seaman (LSU), 7-5, 6-4

Round of 64
(17-24) Marina Chiarelli (LSU) def. Karla Mancinas (TCU), 6-4, 7-5
Camila Caliari (LSU) def. Paige Brown (TCU), 6-3, 6-1
(9) #99 Rocio Fantilli (LSU) def. Izabela Mijic (Baylor), 6-2, 6-3

Round of 32
(17-24) Marina Chiarelli (LSU) vs. (9) Tracie Chong (Rice), 12:30 p.m.
Camila Caliari (LSU) vs. (9) Katie Ruckert (Texas), 1 p.m.
(9) #99 Rocio Fantilli (LSU) vs. (17) Ana Saaibi (Texas), 1 p.m.

Consolation Round of 64
Lauren Seaman (LSU) def. Kendall Exelby (UTEP), 6-1, 6-0
Daysi Espinal (LSU) def. Erika Villalobos (Rice), 7-6, 6-3

Consolation Round of 32 (Saturday)
Lauren Seaman (LSU) vs. Lakann Wagley (Texas Tech), 11:30 a.m.
Daysi Espinal (LSU) vs. Emma McDougall (Sam Houston State), noon

Round of 64
Chiarelli/Espinal (LSU) def. Derksen/Hall (Texas Southern), 8-4
Caliari/Mang (LSU) def. Lopez/Purdy (TCU), 8-1
(1) #38 Fantilli/Seaman (LSU) def. Kelley/Majchrowicz (Centenary), 8-0

Round of 32 (Saturday)
(1) #38 Fantilli/Seaman (LSU) vs. Erausquin/Fuhrig (Texas-San Antonio), 9 a.m.
Caliari/Mang (LSU) vs. Ivanov/Kockott (Tulane), 9:30 a.m.
Chiarelli/Espinal (LSU) vs. (7) Peciulionyre/Rooyen (Texas-Arlington), 10 a.m.