September 16, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

MORO Enterprise and Union tied for third place at the Sherman County Tournament Saturday.

Enterprise beat Sherman County 15-6, 15-5, and Union downed South Wasco County 15-5, 15-9 in bracket play to tie for third place finishes at the 10-team tourney.

Union (8-1) lost its first match of the season when it fell to eventual tournament champion Cascade Christian, 15-11, 15-11, in pool play. That was followed by a 15-6, 15-10 win over Wheeler County, a 13-15, 15-8 split with Sherman County and a 15-12, 15-7 victory over Elgin.

It was a good tournament for us, Union coach Patty Herron said. I felt happy coming out of that (in third place) with 10 teams there.

Jana Brotherton paced the Bobcats with 20 kills. Sarah Bomberger had 13 kills. Kallin Prince added 25-of-27 serving with seven kills. Melissa Helmer was 18-of-18 serving, and DeeAnna Hall was 16-of-17 serving with four aces.

Enterprise (7-1) beat South Wasco 15-7, 15-7, Condon 16-14, 15-11 and Glenwood 15-3, 15-1, but fell to Culver 15-12, 15-12, to finish second in its pool.

Ashley Anderson had 33 kills in 58 hitting attempts. Michelle Minalia had 20 assists, Cami Conrad went 44-of-47 serving with seven aces, and Kazzie Dawson had 14 digs for the day.

Elgin (3-4) split with Sherman County 9-15, 15-7, beat Wheeler County 15-7, 15-7, and fell to Cascade Christian 15-12, 15-12, in pool action.

The Huskies dropped its bracket contest to Condon, 3-15, 15-5, 15-10.

We had some real positive moments, Elgin coach LeeAnn Case said.

Elgins highlights included Leanne Fosters 10 kills against Condon. For the day, Kristin Schumacher and Sheana Martinson went 100 percent serving. Elgin served 92 percent as a team.

On Tuesday, Elgin hosts Weston-McEwen. Union travels to Enterprise Friday.

Cove wins second straight tournament

HALFWAY Cove remained perfect and won its second straight tournament Saturday.

The Leopards edged Wallowa 15-7, 17-16 for the Pine-Eagle Tournament title. The second game was stopped due to a 17-point cap rule.

Its been two weekends in a row and two tournament victories, Cove coach Kim Tally said. The Leopards won the Elgin tourney last week.

Cove (8-0) split with Cambridge, Idaho, 15-5, 7-15, but came back to beat Prairie City 15-9, 15-10 and Pine-Eagle 15-3, 15-1, in pool play.

After a first-round bye in the bracket play, Cove beat Imbler 15-8, 15-6, and advanced to the title match.

Kelcie Robinson had 27 kills on 63-of-70 hitting for Cove. Kathy Mann went 25-of-26 serving.

Wallowa (7-3) opened pool play by beating Joseph (2-5) 15-8, 15-3, followed by a split with Imbler 11-15, 15-5, a 15-5, 15-1 win over Huntington and a 15-6, 15-4 victory over Pine-Eagle.

For the second week in a row, we lost out in the championship match (at a tournament), but I dont feel disappointed either time, Wallowa coach Terri Wilson said.

Tina Stitzel served 100 percent with eight aces and combined with Amanda Wilson for 64 kills. Laura Lewis and Lynique Oveson had 22 digs apiece. Wallowa served 96 percent as a team.

Imbler (3-5), in pool play, split with Huntington 11-15, 15-8 and beat Joseph 15-13, 15-7 after trailing the Eagles 13-3 in the first game.

In bracket play, Imbler beat Cambridge, Idaho, 15-2, 15-9.

I felt from last weekends tournament performance, our team has improved quite a bit, Imbler coach Jennifer Teeter said.

Mary Zukin had 92 percent serving for the Panthers. Tiffany Rasmussen had 11 kills and Emily Correll added seven. Stacey McKinnis came off the bench with 16-of-17 serving and four aces. All four aces came during the first game of the Joseph comeback. Keyla Gover also came off the bench to complete 5-of-6 serves.

Joseph, which only played in pool action, also fell to Huntington, 15-10, 15-11.

We went into the tournament intent on trying different lineups and not so intent on wins, Joseph coach Kendall Hayes said. I think well be fine and come together when it counts.

Kendra Carpenter had 19 kills and Samantha Parker was 100 percent serving for Joseph.

On Friday, Cove travels to Crane, Wallowa hosts Pine-Eagle and Joseph is at Imbler.