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.
Here's a complete look at the scores from the day:
|Johnson/LaCombe||Padilla/Padilla||Bethel 9-8 (4)|
|Gabe Johnson||Andres Padilla||Bethel 7-5, 6-3|
|Ryan LaCombe||Carlos Padilla||CC 6-3, 6-1|
|Connick Roe||Gallagher||CC 6-4, 6-2|
|Tyler Shima||Zach Bueford||Bethel 6-2, 6-4|
|Grant Bellar||Brandon LaManche||6-4, 6-0|
|Shawn Bontrager||J.D. Williams||6-2, 6-0|
Bethel is back in action March 30th, when they host Friends University at 3:00 PM to open conference action.