Fantilli, Seaman Advance at ITA Regional
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
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 16 (Sunday)
Lauren Seaman (LSU) vs. Patricia Osudumme (New Orleans), 8:30 a.m.
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
(1) #38 Fantilli/Seaman (LSU) vs. (9-16) Olson/Ruckert (Texas), noon
Tournament seed and team in parenthesis
# — indicates ITA Pre-season National Rankings