Women's Tennis Duo to Play for Regional Championship

by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Women's Tennis Duo to Play for Regional Championship

FORT WORTH, Texas — Rocio Fantilli and Lauren Seaman won two doubles matches Sunday to advance to the finals of the ITA Southwest Regional Championships at Friedman Tennis Center.

Fantilli and Seaman were ranked 38th in ITA’s fall preseason poll and are the tournament’s first seed. This tournament is their first of the fall season.

Fantilli and Seaman beat Ristine Olson and Katie Ruckert of Texas, 8-6 in the quarterfinals. The moved on to Baylor’s Steffanie Balzert and Daria Potapova and won again, 8-6.

“I’m really excited for Ro and Lauren,” said LSU head coach Tony Minnis. “This is quite an achievement, and if they win they go to nationals.”

The pair takes on third-seeded Jessica Roland and Helga Vieira of Texas A&M in Monday’s finals.

Fantilli lost her singles match to Texas A&M’s Roberta Spencer. Fantilli, ranked 99th in the nation, had won her last three matches to reach the round of 16.

Seaman will play for the singles consolation championships after winning three matches Sunday. She faces the winner of tomorrow morning’s match between Yasmin Fisher of Rice and Biljana Dimskova of Houston.

ITA Southwest Regional Championships
Fort Worth, Texas

Round of 16

(17-24) Roberta Spencer (Texas A&M) def. (9-16) #99 Rocio Fantilli (LSU), 6-3, 6-2

Consolation Round of 16
Lauren Seaman (LSU) def. Patricia Osudumme (New Orleans), 6-1, 6-3

Consolation Quarterfinals
Lauren Seaman (LSU) def. Tasja Fuhrig (Texas-San Antonio), 6-1, 6-2

Consolation Semifinals
Lauren Seaman (LSU) def. Jaetitia Zambski (New Orleans), def. (ns)

Consolation Finals (Monday)
Lauren Seaman (LSU) vs. Biljana Dimovska (Houston) or Yasmin Fisher (Rice), TBA

(1) #38 Fantilli/Seaman (LSU) def. (9-16) Olson/Ruckert (Texas), 8-6

(1) #38 Fantilli/Seaman (LSU) vs. (9-16) Balzert/Potapova (Baylor), 10:30 a.m.

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