October 12, 2001 11:00 pm

By Pat Perkins

Observer Staff Writer

UNION A simple pass and a well-placed dump showed volleyball fans how strong Union is this season.

Unions Sarah Bomberger had the smarts to take an Elgin attack and place a soft set to Union setter Melissa Helmer, who dumped the ball from one side of her court to the other side of Elgins in the second game of their match Friday evening.

It was only Unions 10th point, but the smart play signified how the Bobcats found holes in the defense when it needed to.

She does a beautiful job setting, Union coach Patty Herron said about Helmer, who had 10 assists in league-leading Unions 15-10, 15-9 win over Elgin. Shes so smart (about) where to put the ball.

Elgin (6-11 overall, 2-7 league) stayed in the match with a scrappy defense that covered most of the holes Union was looking for. Offensively, the Huskies had a few things going but not enough consistently to overcome the Bobcats.

Elgin hit the ball well tonight, Herron said. Leanne (Foster) had several kills.

Jana Brotherton was the catalyst for Unions offense. She had six kills, including three at the end of the first game that put Elgin away.

She also served aces on the last two points of the second game.

Again, Union (16-3, 9-1) missed only two serves, something it did Tuesday in a win over Enterprise.

Thats really made a difference, Herron said.

Union, which has won seven matches in a row, joins the rest of the Wapiti League in taking the weekend off. The Bobcats next play Friday at Joseph.

Elgin hosts Imbler on Tuesday.


WALLOWA The Joseph Eagles played better against Wallowa this time around, but the Cougars got another Wapiti League victory, 15-13, 15-10.

Joseph lost 15-8, 15-9 to Wallowa six days earlier.

This was a very good game, a great improvement over our play last weekend, Joseph coach Kendall Hayes said.

Wallowa (16-6, 7-2) was led by Tina Stitzels 21-or-24 hitting. Amanda Wilson was 16-of-18 and Lynique Oveson 15-of-15 hitting. Laura Lewis added 13 digs, and Holli Barton and Wilson had 12 digs each.

We were down 13-7 in the first game and came back and played pretty flawlessly after that, Wallowa coach Terri Wilson said. We had our best receiving-ratio game of the year, and our hitting was strong, too.

Anna Yost had four blocks and six kills for Joseph (4-11, 2-6). Lea Ganos had five blocks, and Licia Miller, Katie Couch, Kendra Carpenter and Meg OBrien combined for 23 digs.

Joseph hosts Enterprise on Tuesday.


COVE The Cove Leopards earned their 17th win of the season in a 15-5, 15-7 victory over Prairie City Friday.

The Leopards remained unbeaten at 17-0 and improved to 6-0 in the Old Oregon League.

Prairie City definitely came to play tonight, but our defensive play gave us the victory, Cove coach Kim Tally said.

Cove had 23 blocks in the match, led by Kelcie Robinsons 12. Robinson added six kills on 8-for-8 hitting and was 13-for-13 in serve receives and digs.

Lisa Scheele went 12-for-13 serving with three aces, 17-for-17 in assists and 8-of-9 hitting with five kills. Amy Puckett added 12-for-12 serving with three aces.

Cove travels to Prairie City today for a league tournament where it will face Adrian and Crane.


ENTERPRISE Ashley Andersons seven kills led the Enterprise hitting attack in a 15-9, 15-6 Wapiti League volleyball victory Friday over Imbler.

Anderson also had five digs on defense to help Enterprise improve to 6-3 in Wapiti League play, 13-4 overall.

Justinn Christensen had very solid serve receive, according to coach Lisa Farwell, and Kazzie Dawson was 7-for-7 serving.

Tiffany Rasmussen led Imbler (8-12, 4-5) with two kills on 12-for-13 hitting. Stacey McKinnis had eight blocks and the Panthers served 92 percent as a team, their best mark this year.

Enterprise is at Joseph on Tuesday while Imbler visits Elgin on Friday.