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    Perez, Trinh Lead LSU on Final Day at Key Biscayne

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Tam Trinh and Eric Perez picked up a doubles win to finish undefeated and lead the LSU men’s tennis team on the final day of the Key Biscayne Invitational Tuesday.
     
    Overall, LSU finished with five wins on the final day of competition as the Tigers won two of three doubles matches and three singles matches at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park.
     
    “We played better doubles overall today, and we picked up a few important confidence building singles wins,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown.
     
    Trinh and Perez, who rank as the No. 46 doubles pair nationally, defeated Michigan’s Kevin Wong and Alex Buzzi, 6-3, to finish 3-0 in the invitational. Trinh and Perez are now 6-0 overall on the year after beating Wong and Buzzi.
     
    No. 60 junior Chris Simpson and sophomore Boris Arias beat Michigan’s Michael Zhu and Alex Petrone, 6-5. Freshman Justin Butsch and sophomore Andrew Korinek fell 6-4 to Denver’s Alex Clinkenbeard and Eric Marbach.
     
    Sophomores Boris Arias, Harrison Kennedy and Trinh each picked up singles wins for LSU.
     
    After losing the first set, Trinh came back to beat Denver’s Yannik James, 4-6, 6-2, 6-5, on court one. Kennedy and Arias both swept their opponents. Kennedy defeated Denver’s Aidan Talcott, 6-5, 6-1, on court two, and Arias defeated Michigan’s Barrett Franks, 6-5, 6-3, on court seven.
     
    The Tigers begin their dual match season against Rice on Jan. 19 in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Tennis Complex. First serve is set for noon CT.
     
    “Overall, this was a strong start for several of the guys, and everyone is on board and ready to prepare for our opener,” Brown said.
     
    Connect with the men's tennis team through Twitter @LSUTennis and www.Facebook.com/lsutennis.
     
    Key Biscayne Invitational
    Day Three Results
     
    Doubles Results
    #60 Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Michael Zhu/Alex Petrone (Michigan) 6-5
    #46 Tam Trinh/Eric Perez (LSU) def. Kevin Wong/Alex Buzzi (Michigan) 6-3
    Alex Clinkenbeard/Eric Marbach (Denver) def. Justin Butsch/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-4
     
    Singles Results:
    Clement Homs (Texas) def. #72 Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
    Eric Marbach (Denver) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
    Diogo Rocha (Denver) def. Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-5, 6-1
    Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Yannik James (Denver) 4-6, 6-2, 6-5
    Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Aidan Talcott (Denver) 6-5, 6-1
    Boris Arias (LSU) def. Barrett Franks (Michigan) 6-5, 6-3
    Michael Zhu (Michigan) def. John Michael Busch (LSU) 6-5, 6-0
    Kevin Wong (Michigan) def. Eric Perez (LSU) 6-3, 6-1