CLINTON – Head coach Stacie Kenneavy can’t remember a game where she didn’t feel a lull in energy from the Prince of Peace volleyball team.
That is, until Monday night.
The Irish came out and dominated a Cedar Valley Christian squad at the Joe O’Donnell Sports Center, winning in three quick sets in what Kenneavy calls a “complete game”, taking the conference matchup 3-0 in front of an excited crowd on Senior Night.
The Irish won 25-11, 25-18, 25-15.
Prince of Peace has won eight of it’s last ten games, including three straight Tri-Rivers Conference matches.
“This is the first time this season, maybe even my whole coaching career, that there weren’t moments in the game where I was thinking come on guys, pick yourselves up,” Kenneavy said. “They played with confidence, we really mixed the ball up and it was very well distributed.”
The passing was spot on all night, setting things up for a plethora of kills from the likes of Paige Kuehl, Lilly Isenhour and Anabel Blount.
The Irish had seen the Huskies twice before. Although both meetings ended in Prince of Peace’s favor, they were not blow outs by any means.
The Irish knew everything had to be spot on for a third win, and they made it that way from start to finish.
The Irish had just nine kill errors in 77 attempts.
“We said this was going to be a battle,” Kenneavy said. “We were able to key on some of their errors and we made not very many. We were able to rally back without letting them get a bunch of runs.”
Anabel Blount and Lilly Isenhour led the kills attempts, combining for 14. Paige Kuehl and Isabel Hansen combined for eight aces as well.
The Irish get no break, turning around to face a tall Easton Valley team on the road on Tuesday night for their second consecutive TRC game. The Irish have yet to see the River Hawks in action this season.
“Tomorrow night is also going to be a battle,” Kenneavy said. “We said we have to take all this great feeling and carry that over. We know what it feels like to have a complete game.”
Griffin, Darsidan win in Bellevue
BELLEVUE – The Prince of Peace girls and the Camanche boys both picked up team titles on Monday afternoon at the Marquette Cross Country Invitational in Bellevue, led by efforts from Sophie Griffin and Dylan Darsidan.
Griffin broke the Irish school record in the process, sprinting past the No. 6 runner in the state on the home stretch to clock in at 21:13.
Camanche’s Dylan Darsidan took the individual title on the boys’ side in 16:05, edging both Brady Griebel from Bellevue and Chase Knoche from Calamus-Wheatland. Darsidan was followed by two more top ten finishes from his teammates. Dodson Melchiori clocked in at sixth place and Andrew Butt came in 10th overall.
Prince of Peace’s Marcus Blount finished ninth, running 17:37 for the finish.