PORTLAND, Ore. — Santa Clara volleyball finished its Northwest road trip with a three-set loss at Portland on Saturday afternoon. The Pilots defeated the Broncos 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 in the Chiles Center.
Portland outhit Santa Clara .277 to .124 and was led by a match-high 11 kills from Reghan Pukis. The Broncos (5-13, 0-6 WCC) committed 19 attack errors to only nine for the Pilots (14-4, 2-4). Kamrin Caoili led Santa Clara by notching eight kills, Chloe Loreen had a team-high 13 digs and Tessie Powers topped the Broncos with 14 assists. Loreen's effort is her fourth straight with double-digit digs, which matches a collegiate best streak from the 2017 season.
The Pilots seized command of the first set early by jumping out to a 9-2 lead; Katie Barker combined with Cassidy Naone to produce two blocks and added a service ace during the spree. The Pilots maintained at least a six-point lead the rest of the way.
A back-and-forth second frame featured 13 ties and seven lead changes. The Broncos took a 16-14 lead on back-to-back kills from Kathryn Decker and the Pilots responded by winning seven points in a row to go in front 21-16. Santa Clara came within two points at 22-20 before Portland called timeout and won the last three points to take the set, including two kills from Pukis.
Once Portland took a 2-1 lead in the third set, the Pilots stayed ahead for good to complete the sweep. They created separation with a 6-0 run midway through the stanza for a 15-8 lead and held off another late Bronco rally as Santa Clara cut the deficit to two points at 23-21. Liz Reich put the Pilots on match point with a kill and Portland clinched the win on a Santa Clara attack error.
• Santa Clara is 54-12 all-time against Portland in a series that dates back to 1979. The Broncos host the Pilots on Nov. 1.
• Prior to Saturday, the road team had won four straight in the series.
• Chloe Loreen has totaled 60 kills (4.29/set) over the last four matches.
• Alexa Dreyer has multiple blocks in seven straight matches and 11 of the last 12 overall.
The Broncos return home to host San Diego next Thursday and BYU on Saturday.
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