Michigan Wraps Up Play at Key Biscayne Individuals
Alex Buzzi

Jan. 7, 2014

Site: Key Biscayne, Fla. (Tennis Center at Crandon Park)
Event: Key Biscayne Individuals
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 18 -- vs. Western Michigan, vs. Toledo (Varsity Tennis Center), 9 a.m./7 p.m.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The No. 26-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team capped off its appearance at the Key Biscayne Individuals by winning four-of-seven singles matches on the final day of competition (Tuesday, Jan. 7) at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. In round-robin competition against No. 20 Texas, No. 24 LSU and No. 57 Denver, the Wolverines posted a combined 10-13 singles record and went 6-6 in doubles over the three-day event.

Playing in his hometown, senior Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) won two of three singles matches at the event, earning a straight-sets victory over Denver's Eric Marbach, 6-5 (1), 6-5 (6), before knocking off LSU's Tam Trinh, 6-3, 6-5 (1).

Two other Wolverines posted similar 2-1 records in the singles competition. Freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) downed Denver's William Ro, 6-0, 6-1, on the opening day before closing the event with a straight-sets decision over LSU's Eric Perez, 6-3, 6-0, while redshirt junior Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) earned victories over LSU's Andrew Korinek, 6-3,6-4, and Denver's Alex Clinkenbeard, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

Rossi also claimed a pair of doubles decisions, teaming with freshman Tyler Gardiner (Novi, Mich./Northville HS) to defeat LSU's Harrison Kennedy and John Michael Busch, 6-5 (1), before earning a 6-3 victory over the Denver tandem of Ro and Aidan Talcott. U-M juniors Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) teamed up to net two doubles victories, beating Ro and Talcott, 6-4, and downing the LSU pair of Korinek and Justin Butsch, 6-5 (7).

Michigan opens its dual-match season on Saturday, Jan. 18, when the Wolverines host Western Michigan (9 a.m.) and Toledo (7 p.m.) in a day-night doubleheader at the Varsity Tennis Center.

DAY ONE RESULTS (Sunday, Jan. 5)

Shaun Bernstein (U-M) def. Diogo Rocha (Denver), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Alex Buzzi (U-M) def. Eric Marbach (Denver), 6-5 (1), 6-5 (6)
Alex Petrone (U-M) def. Alex Gasson (Denver), 6-2, 5-6(3), 6-2
Kevin Wong (U-M) def. William Ro (Denver), 6-0,6-1
Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU), 6-3,6-4
Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-3,6-1
Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-4,6-1
John Michael Busch (LSU) def. Tyler Gardiner, 6-5 (6), 6-3

DAY TWO RESULTS (Monday, Jan. 6)

Alex Buzzi/Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Diogo Rocha/Eric Marbach (Denver), 6-3
Shaun Bernstein/Barrett Franks (U-M) def. Andrew Korinek/Justin Butsch (LSU), 6-5 (6)
Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) def. Aidan Talcott/William Ro (Denver), 6-4
Tyler Gardiner/Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Harrison Kennedy/John Michael Busch (LSU), 6-5 (1)
Boris Arias/Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Alex Buzzi/Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-3
Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) def. Justin Butsch/Andrew Korinek (LSU), 6-5 (7)
Yannik James/Alex Clinkenbeard (Denver) def. Shaun Bernstein/Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-3
Diogo Rocha/Eric Marbach (Denver) def. Tyler Gardiner/Justin Rossi (U-M), 6-1

Alex Gasson (Denver) def. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 6-3, 6-4
Yannik James (Denver) def. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-5 (4), 6-3
Aidan Talcott (Denver) def. Tyler Gardiner (U-M), 6-1, 6-3
Alex Buzzi (U-M) def. Tam Trinh (LSU), 6-3, 6-5 (1)
No. 72 Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Justin Rossi (U-M), 6-2, 6-1
Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-2, 6-0
Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-1, 6-1
Adrien Berkowicz (Texas) def. Alex Petrone (U-M), 6-3, 6-3

DAY THREE RESULTS (Tuesday, Jan. 7)

Tyler Gardiner/Justin Rossi (U-M) def. William Ro/Aidan Talcott (Denver), 6-3
No. 46 Tam Trinh/Eric Perez (LSU) def. Alex Buzzi/Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-3
No. 60 Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-5 (6)
Alex Gasson/Yannik James (Denver) def. Shaun Bernstein/Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-5 (5)

Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Alex Clinkenbeard (Denver), 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
No. 86 Henry Craig (Denver) def. Alex Petrone (U-M), 6-1, 6-0
Tyler Gardiner (U-M) def. William Ro (Denver), 6-3, 6-3
Boris Arias (LSU) def. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-5 (9), 6-3
Michael Zhu (U-M) def. John Michael Busch (LSU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Eric Perez (LSU), 6-3, 6-0
Alex Gasson (Denver) def. Alex Buzzi (U-M), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1