October 28, 2003 11:00 pm

WALLOWA — The Wallowa Cougars finished their regular season with a non-league volleyball win over Elgin Tuesday.

The Cougars (18-4 overall) beat the Huskies 25-16, 25-18, 25-13.

Wallowa coach Terri Wilson said serving and defense were her team's strengths in the match.

Wallowa's Wendy Spaur was 20-for-21 serving with four aces, Megan McLain was 10-for-11 with two aces, Katie Sturtevant and Amber Josi were 9-for-10. Sturtevant had two aces and Josi one. Lynique Oveson was 8-for-12 with four aces.

Josi was 5-for-5 on serve receive. Wilson said she had the best passes on target.

Oveson was 13-for-16 on serve receive. McLain was 12-for-12 and Emily Isley was 4-for-6.

Wilson said the Cougars had five passing errors in the match.

McLain was 6-for-6 digging, Oveson was 10-for-11, Sturtevant was 8-for-8 and Josi was 4-for-5.

Oveson led the Cougars with 10 kills, McLain had eight, Spaur had four, Sturtevant had three, and Chelsea Frei and Josi two. Sturtevant had 16 assists.

The Huskies ended their season 4-11 overall.

The Cougars will be the No. 2 seed at their district tournament in Prairie City. The Powder Valley Badgers won the coin flip for the No. 1 seed. Wallowa and Powder Valley were co-champions of the Old Oregon League.

The district tournament starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Powder Valley will face Harper, while Prairie City takes on Spray in the first round.

Following those matches, the Cougars will play Burnt River and Cove will battle Jordan Valley.