Jordan Ward, without question, slept well after Friday’s opening day of the 2010 MSHSAA Tennis Championships at Cooper Tennis Complex.


Jordan Ward, without question, slept well after Friday’s opening day of the 2010 MSHSAA Tennis Championships at Cooper Tennis Complex.

“His tank is empty,” confirmed Bob Whyte, Carthage High School tennis coach.

An exhausting day of play for Ward, his day ended with successive losses after beating Francis Howell’s Sean Nanney in the opening round 6-3, 6-3.

Ward, representing Carthage High School at the state tournament, ran into senior Matt Kuelker of Christian Brothers College in the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, Kuelker, the defending Class 2 state singles champions, advanced after beating Ward with a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Kuelker, though, unsuccessfully defended his title after falling to Glendale High School junior Paul Nahon in the singles championship.

“He played really well in a tough match against last year’s champion,” Whyte said.
In the consolation quarterfinals, Greg Marifian of St. Louis University High School turned back Ward, a junior, with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 victory.

“I’m really proud of the kid,” Whyte said. “He is so mentally tough. I hope this motivates him for next year.”