September 23, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

BOARDMAN Chalk up another tournament win for Union.

The Bobcats continued to roll, winning their second volleyball tournament this season Saturday here at Riverside High School.

Union (12-1), playing in the six-team round robin tournament, beat Stanfield 15-5, 15-2; defeated Riverside 15-7, 15-5; and eased past Umatilla 15-3, 15-3.

The other two matches included splits with Sherman County 15-12, 14-16; and with Pilot Rock 15-13, 12-15.

One of Unions most impressive stats of the day was its serving. The Bobcats were successful on 202 of 210 serves with several standout performances. Melissa Helmer went 49 of 50 with nine aces, Kallin Prince was 39 of 39 with five aces, Jaycee Waite went 26 of 27 with six aces and Colbi Robertson was 25 of 26 with five aces.

Serving definitely was the difference in some of our games today, Union coach Patty Herron said.

Jana Brotherton added 28 kills and Prince had 12. Shonda Titus and Sarah Bomberger added 10 kills apiece.

Union travels Tuesday to Baker.

LHS makes big strides

ASTORIA La Grande exited the Astoria Tournament in third place Saturday.

The Tigers beat Valley Catholic 15-8, 15-9, and Central 15-9, 15-11 in pool play.

The only team La Grande (4-8) couldnt get past was Seaside. Seaside split with La Grande in pool play, winning 15-5 and losing 15-2.

The Tigers won their pool with a 5-1 record, but fell to Seaside in bracket play, 15-6, 15-7.

I dont know if Seaside had our number or what. They have seven seniors and are pretty strong, La Grande coach Teresa Dowdy said.

Dowdy was pleased with La Grandes overall play, especially serving and hitting.

Danielle Tams went 32 of 33 serving with nine aces. Kiley Moore went 19 of 19 serving.

At the net, Kaci Lyman hit 45 of 49 with 16 kills. Kelli Greenough was 23 of 24 with eight kills.

We had steady performances from a lot of kids. We played really well as a team, Dowdy said. I think we took positive strides this weekend.

La Grande is at Milton-Freewater to play McLoughlin Thursday in Greater Oregon League action.

Cove wins own tourney

COVE Cove won its third straight tournament Saturday while keeping its perfect record intact at its home tourney.

The Leopards beat Burnt River 15-3, 15-3, followed by a 15-6, 15-11 win over Imbler. Cove (12-0) defeated Wallowa 13-15, 17-15, 15-5 for the title.

Im proud of the girls. They continue to advance in their mental toughness and skill level, continue to dig down when I think they dont have much left, Cove coach Kim Tally said.

Tally was impressed with Lisa Scheeles hitting. Scheele went 39 of 43 with 27 kills. Kelci Robinson was 28 of 30 hitting with 12 kills.

Wallowa (10-4) won its other two matches of the day, beating Imbler, 15-13, 15-6, and Burnt River, 15-4, 15-10.

It was the same story for the third-straight weekend, but overall I was pleased, Wallowa coach Terri Wilson said. The Cougars have finished second all three of the tournaments they have participated in this season.

Amanda Wilson led the Cougars with 24 kills and Tina Stitzel added 14. Lynique Oveson, Laura Lewis and Stitzel all served 100 percent.

On defense, Lewis had 28 digs and Oveson had 20. Megan McLain added six blocks.

Imbler (4-8) finished third by beating Burnt River, 15-8, 15-13.

The Panthers went 90 percent serving for the day, including 100 percent against Cove. Amy Clerget went 12 for 12 serving with three aces. Stacey McKinnis came off the bench to serve 19 for 20 with two aces.

Tiffany Rasmussen added 13 for 14 serving with two aces. She also had 12 kills. Liz Woody and Emily Correll had big days at the net, going 15 for 16 and 16 for 17 blocking.

Friday, Cove visits Adrian, Imbler is at Union and Wallowa hosts Elgin.