BELLEVUE — The Prince of Peace volleyball team is riding a wave of confidence after their second postseason win of the week.

The Irish posted a three games to one victory over the Andrew Hawks in a district semifinal match played at Bellevue. With the win, the Irish advance to a district final showdown with Bellevue Marquette at Miles on Tuesday. Combined with a district quaterfinal win over Bellevue on Monday, Prince of Peace has won consecutive matches for the first time this season.

Game one started well for the Hawks as a Lauren Ehrler ace gave Andrew a 3-0 lead. The Irish went on a seven point run to take a 7-3 lead on a Brooke Craig ace.

The Hawks answered with a eight point run. A Stefani Ganzer kill gave Andrew a 11-7 lead. The back and forth game was tied moments later on a kill by Irish senior Emily Dodd. Prince of Peace went on an 11-3 tear behind strong attacking from sophomore Erica Ugarph and senior Kimberly Bertram.

With a 18-14 lead and momentum in their favor the Irish looked to be in control of the game, but the Hawks would battle back to tie the game at 22-22. Prince of Peace held off the upstart Hawks though and closed out the game on a Bertram kill. The Irish won game one 25-23.

Prince of Peace carried over the aggressiveness they showed in game one, jumping out to a 10-3 lead in game two.

The Hawks fought to narrow the margin, cutting the lead to two at 17-19 on a Kelsey Campana ace. The Irish responded though, keeping the game just out of reach. Prince of Peace took a two games to none lead on a 25-21 game two victory.

Facing elimination, Andrew responded in game three by matching Prince of Peace’s intensity. The two teams battled in the early going of the third game. The Irish took an early 3-1 lead, but the Hawks tied the game moments later. Prince of Peace regained the lead at 8-6, but Andrew answered with a three point run to take a one point lead, 9-8.

An Ehrler ace gave the Hawks a 13-10 lead. The Irish rallied to take a 17-15 lead on a Bertram kill. Andrew scored the next four points to lead by two. Prince of Peace narrowed the margin and eventually took a two point lead of their own at 24-22.

Faced with match point, Andrew responded by scoring the next four points behind two kills by Jenny Kilburg. The Hawks took the game 26-24 and lived to play another game.

Andrew carried over the momentum they had built in the previous game into game four. The Hawks built a 4-2 lead in the early going, eventually building their lead to 9-5.

The Irish steadily clawed their way back into the game tying the game at 10-10. Behind a 14-3 run Prince of Peace took an eight point lead at 21-13. During the run Dodd had six service points and two aces while Bertram tallied three kills.

The Irish took their foot off the gas a little, letting Andrew back into the game. The Hawks trimmed the lead to two at 22-24. As was the case in game three the Irish had match point at 24-22, but unlike game three they did not let this one slip away. A Kylee Hyde block gave Prince of Peace the game and the match.

Prince of Peace head coach Stacie Kenneavy liked the intensity and aggressiveness she saw from her team but felt there were too many lulls in their play.

“We still have to keep a level head. I’d rather they stay even than have the peeks and valleys,” Kenneavy said. “It came down to attacking. When we started tipping it and playing passively Andrew would go on a run. When we played aggressively we played much better.”

The two postseason victories have instilled some much needed confidence in the young Irish team heading into the district final with Bellevue Marquette.

“They’re ready, they want to play. We’ve got nothing to lose either way,” Kenneavy said. “The win on Monday gave us the confidence to know that we can turn it around, we had never had that confidence before.”

The improves Prince of Peace’s record to 7-19 overall.

With the loss Andrew’s season came to a close with a 2-19 record.

Tuesday the Irish will take on Bellevue Marquette at Miles in the district final.

Prince of Peace Leaders

Aces—Brooke Craig 4, Kylee Hyde 3, Emily Dodd 3, Megan Lehmkuhl 1.

Kills—Erica Ugarph 13, Kim Bertram 10, Craig 6.

Assists—Craig 25.

Blocks—Bertram 4, Hyde 2, Dodd 1, Craig 1, Ugarph 1.

Digs—Craig 18, Ugarph 14, Hyde 13, Lehmkuhl 10, Bertram 7.

Records—Prince of Peace 7-19, Andrew 2-19. Next—Prince of Peace vs. Bellevue Marquette at Miles, 7 p.m. Tuesday.