Irish VB

In this Clinton Herald file photo, Prince of Peace freshman Nyah Thomas digs up a ball during an Irish regional game at the Joe O’Donnell Sports Center in Clinton. The Irish fell to No. 7 Lisbon on Thursday on the road, ending their postseason run in the regional semifinal.

LISBON – The Prince of Peace volleyball team ended their postseason run – the best in a decade for the Irish – on Thursday night at Lisbon.

The Irish fell to the No. 7 ranked Lions 25-16, 25-19, 25-16.

“I am so incredibly proud of these girls,” head coach Stacie Kenneavy said after the season ending loss. “They played their hearts out.”

The Irish never really got their attacks going, ending with only 24 kills through the three sets. Anabel Blount had 12 of those and Lilly Isenhour another six.

“We just couldn’t get the offensive rhythm going that we had the last two matches,” Kenneavy said.

Isenhour also recorded four of the team’s five blocks on the night.

Leading the back row was Isabel Hansen with 12 digs, and Blount following up with 11. Paige Kuehl also hit double digits, digging up 10 balls on the night.

The Irish end the season 22-17, nearly doubling their number of wins from 2018 (13), recording the best win-loss record in over ten years at the school.

They also return all of their starters next season.

“We are sad to see the season end, but we are excited at the same time because we are only going to improve and come back stronger next year,” Kenneavy said.