NORTH NEWTON, Kan. - The wind was strong, but Bethel was stronger Thursday afternoon in their home-opener matchup with Central Christian. The Threshers successfully defended the Ward Tennis Center, as they were able to secure their first victory of the season, 6-3.

This match featured solid play all across the board. The Threshers were able to win two of their three doubles matches to open the match. The #3 doubles partners of Tyler Shima and Preston Gapter were able to win their match 9-7, and this was followed with a strong and exciting battle in the one position. Gabe Johnson and Ryan LaCombe earned a hard-fought victory over the Padilla twins for Central Christian, 9-8 (4).

The Threshers won four of the six singles matches, led by Johnson in the one spot. Johnson was able to defeat Andres Padilla 7-5, 6-3, completing a solid outing for himself.

Shima took down Bueford in the fourth position, 6-2, 6-4, while Grant Bellar and Shawn Bontrager easily took care of business in the fifth and sixth spots.

Here's a complete look at the scores from the day:

Doubles Matches
BethelCentral ChristianScore
Johnson/LaCombePadilla/PadillaBethel 9-8 (4)
Bellar/BontragerLaManche/Martin-ChavezCC 8-0
Shima/GapterBueford/Williams9-7
Singles Matches
BethelCentral ChristianScore
Gabe JohnsonAndres PadillaBethel 7-5, 6-3
Ryan LaCombeCarlos PadillaCC 6-3, 6-1
Connick RoeGallagherCC 6-4, 6-2
Tyler ShimaZach BuefordBethel 6-2, 6-4
Grant BellarBrandon LaManche6-4, 6-0
Shawn BontragerJ.D. Williams6-2, 6-0

Bethel is back in action March 30th, when they host Friends University at 3:00 PM to open conference action.