CFNN Reporter Larkin Baxley

Last Night your Cape Fear Colts took on the Grays Creek Bears at home. The Colts won in 3-1, sweeping the last 3 sets. This was an amazing win for the Colts, breaking the Bears’ 77 conference match win streak. 

The gym was packed, with a record-setting crowd on hand to see the Colts vie for the top spot in the United 8 Conference. The crowd was electric, and there was a sea of pink filling the stands. This week is “Pink Out” week at school, so every student wore pink to help raise money for Breast Cancer research. The energy the crowd brought helped the Lady Colts stay pumped and fired up for the game. The crowd support was a huge factor in helping bring home this monumental win. 

This win left the Colts 9-3 Overall and 6-1 in the United 8 Conference and put them in a 3-way tie for first in the conference with South View and Grays Creek. The race for the title is a tight one, as all three teams have exhibited solid play thus far this season.

The game kicked off at 6 pm, with the Bears taking a close win in the first set. The Colts bounced back shortly after and won the second set 25-17. 

Cape Fear was led by Olivia Melvin with 22 kills. Melvi produced countless points for the Colts, as she seemed to be all over the court.  Brooke Bombaptepe followed behind with 15 kills, putting in one of her best performances of the season.

Lilly Rayburn and Tabitha Newlin led the Colts in blocks. Their contributions really helped the Colts defensively, by keeping the Bears on their “hind legs.”

Juniors Larkin Baxley, Olivia Melvin, and Addie Hudson had a combined 93 serve receptions.

“I feel like we were all doing great back there and keeping the ball up and in play,” said Melvin.

The Colts took the second set 25-23, coming back from a 23-19 deficit. 

Finally, Cape Fear edged out the final set with a tight score of 28-26, going back and forth with the Bears the entire set. The Bears fought hard, but the Lady Colts were able to pull out the win in the fourth with consistent play in all phases of the game.. After a long four set match the Colts took sweet victory. 

Overall the Colts secured the win and felt great about their performance. Make sure to come out and support your Lady Colts Thursday night against the Lumberton Pirates. Game time is 6 PM at home. Come out and show your Colt pride!