BLOOMINGTON -- It was less than an ideal season for Brainerd Warrior Paul Tuchscherer even before the Class 2A state boys' tennis tournament even began.
Tuchscherer missed much of the regular season with a bought of Mononucleosis, but came back strong to advance to the final tournament at the Northwest Athletic Club in Bloomington Thursday.
Yet, the junior from Brainerd didn't advance further as he was eliminated in the first round by Duluth Denfeld's Corey Eider 6-2, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4
"Paul played maybe a little tentative in the first match and didn't get to the net as much he wanted to," said Warrior coach Bruce Thompson. "In the second set and third set he played awfully well he really picked up his game and it was unfortunate that he wasn't able to advance. Give Eider a lot of credit because he played a fantastic match."
Tuchscherer said he had a hard time finding Eider's weakness.
"Once in a while it happens you start out slow because you concentrate on his weakness and I couldn't find it in the first set," said the junior. "Then I got more used to him and I started to hit the ball a little better in the second and third sets."
The regular season was anything but great for Tuchscherer and the Brainerd tennis team they finished with just one win during the regular season.
With Tuchscherer finally at full strength, the Warriors made a miraculous run through the North Subsection 8 tournament to advance to the section tournament.
"It's a memorable one," said Tuchscherer about the tennis season. "I won't forget this year. Many things happened this year. We ended up pretty strong as a team. We knew we were better than what the record showed.
"I'm proud of myself I guess. I'm happy I got to the state. I really would have liked to get the win."
Said Thompson: Paul had a real good season as frustrating as it was with him being sick. He really played well and it was nice to see him down here and it was nice for him to see the atmosphere of state. Now he can set some goals for next year."
Only a junior, Tuchscherer now knows what to expect for next year. He's just hoping he doesn't get Mono again.
"There's a lot of tough competition," said the junior. "I know I'm going to have to step it up next year if I want to compete again. They're a lot of guys returning for us next year. We're going to be pretty good as a team.
"I got to step up next year. This summer I have to work a lot to get back into the groove. Next year I hope I do a lot better."
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