Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh

After barrelling out to a two-set lead against Southeast Guilford on Tuesday, Cape Fear hit a lull that looked a lot like what the Colts had faced almost a year ago.

In 2016, Harnett Central had come from two sets down to boot Cape Fear from the playoffs with a 3-2 upset.

The Colts can turn the page from that chapter. After Southeast evened the match at 2-2, Cape Fear raced out to an early lead and held on for a 15-11 win in the fifth set and a 3-2 victory.

“We didn’t want to recreate what happened last year when we went up 2-0 and Harnett Central came back and got us,” coach Jeff Bruner said. “So we got that monkey off our back. We’re feeling good now and moving forward.”

The Colts (26-3), the No. 10 seed in the NCHSAA 3-A East, will hit the road for the first time this postseason Thursday when they travel to No. 2 Person (22-0) for the third round.

Cape Fear cruised to take the first set 25-7 and edged out a 26-24 second-set win to go ahead 2-0.

Southeast took the third 25-18 with a blocking stance at the net that Bruner said his defense hadn’t had to deal with much of the season.

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