Fantilli, Seaman Advance at ITA Regional

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Fantilli, Seaman Advance at ITA Regional

FORT WORTH, Texas — LSU’s Rocio Fantilli and Lauren Seaman won a total of three matches Saturday to keep themselves in contention for titles in the ITA Southwest Regional Championships.

The Lady Tigers’ other players were eliminated one day after their biggest day of the fall season.

“We played better yesterday, but we still competed hard,” said LSU head coach Tony Minnis.

Fantilli was the Lady Tigers’ only player to stay alive in the main draw singles bracket with a win over Ana Saaibi, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Seaman won her consolation match over Lakann Wagley of Texas Tech, 6-2, 6-2.

Fantilli, who was ranked 99th in the nation in ITA’s fall preseason poll, is competing in her first tournament of the fall season.

“Rocio has an opportunity to do some good things in this tournament,” Minnis said.

Fantilli plays against Roberta Spencer of Texas A&M for a chance to move to the quarterfinals .

Fantilli and Seaman, the nation’s No. 38-ranked doubles team and tournament first seed, moved into the quarterfinals with a win over Paula Erausquin and Tasja Furhig of Texas-San Antonio, 8-1.

The duo will play tomorrow in the semifinals against Texas’ Ristine Olson and Katie Ruckert. 

Marina Chiarelli, Camila Caliari and Daysi Espinal each lost their first matches of the morning. Chiarelli and Espinal and Caliari and Amanda Mang lost their doubles matches as well. All picked up wins in the first day of competition.

ITA Southwest Regional Championships
Fort Worth, Texas
Day Three

Singles
Round of 32
(9-16) Katie Ruckert (Texas) def. Camila Caliari (LSU), 6-1, 6-1
(9-16) Tracie Chong (Rice) def. (17-24) Marina Chiarelli (LSU), 7-5, 6-3
(9-16) #99 Rocio Fantilli (LSU) def. (17-24) Ana Saaibi (Texas), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

Round of 16
(9-16) #99 Rocio Fantilli (LSU) vs. Roberta Spencer (Texas A&M), 9 a.m.

Consolation Round of 32
Lauren Seaman (LSU) def. Lakann Wagley (Texas Tech), 6-2, 6-2
Emma McDougall (Sam Houston State) def. Daysi Espinal (LSU), 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)

Consolation Round of 16 (Sunday)
Lauren Seaman (LSU) vs. Patricia Osudumme (New Orleans), 8:30 a.m.

Doubles
Round of 32
(1) #38 Fantilli/Seaman (LSU) def. Erausquin/Fuhrig (Texas-San Antonio), 8-1
Ivanov/Kockott (Tulane) def. Caliari/Mang (LSU), 8-5
Chiarelli/Espinal (LSU) def. (7) Peciulionyre/Rooyen (Texas-Arlington), 8-5

Round of 16
(1) #38 Fantilli/Seaman (LSU) def. Lubinsky/Mecham (Texas A&M), 8-6
(9-16) Spencer/Walker (Texas A&M) def. Chiarelli/Espinal, 9-8

Quarterfinals (Sunday)
(1) #38 Fantilli/Seaman (LSU) vs. (9-16) Olson/Ruckert (Texas), noon

Tournament seed and team in parenthesis
# — indicates ITA Pre-season National Rankings