Josh Holmberg/ESPNHSCorie Bain sets the tone for Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) on Day 1 of the Durango Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.By Kirstin Olsen
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Durango Fall Classic served up plenty of action in pool play on Friday. With 48 teams featuring some of the best players in the nation, there was no shortage of star power at the two-day tournament.
On Day 1, we were on the lookout for some of the tournament's up-and-coming players.
Here are 10 players we found flying under the radar:
Nora Kiesler, Assumption (Louisville, Ky.): The 6-foot-6 freshman middle blocker is big and powerful and has good footwork. She got some playing time in pool play but most certainly hasn’t reached her potential yet. Under Coach Ron Kordes’ coaching expertise, she will surely be a threat for rthe Rockets for the next four years.
Berkeley Oblad, Coronado (Henderson, Nev.): This 6-3 freshman middle blocker seems to still be getting comfortable on the court but didn’t bat an eye digging hard-driven balls with her hands against La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) in pool play. She has a nice high reach and tons of potential.
Katherine Broussard, Metairie Park Country Day (Metairie, La.): The 5-7 junior outside hitter was a sparkplug for the Cajuns on the outside, hitting sharp angles and maintaining a perm-a-grin. She passed well and didn’t have any issues blocking some 6-footers with great technique and penetration on the block.
Alexa Drost, Green Valley (Henderson, Nev.): The 5-3 senior libero passed nails and did a great job playing defense. She was a leader on the court and did a great job setting hittable balls when her setter was in trouble.
Morgan Smith, Walton (Marietta, Ga.): The 5-4 senior libero led the ball control for the Raiders. She was all over the floor, digging balls one-handed and then pooping back up, ready to cover her hitters.
Amanda Wasko, Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hawaii): The 5-9 senior outside hitter wasn't afraid to take big swings against the big block of defending champion Harvard Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.). She ripped her jumper for some points and helped the Warriors win their pool.
Kelsey Moore, Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.): The 5-10 senior outside hitter was unstoppable in the front row. She terminated on the outside hitting a variety of angles. When she got to the back row she assisted there as well, playing great defense and coming up with some key digs.
Elly Ogle, Notre Dame (Park Hills, Ky.): The 5-11 sophomore setter was an intimidator setting in the front row dumping with authority. She buried some over passes and looks to have great potential to grow into her setting capabilities.
Kenedy McGrath, Palos Verdes (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.): The 5-6 senior libero did a great job digging the array of weapons that Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) threw at her. She was the sparkplug that fired up her team to convert points off of some of her impressive digs.
Corie Bain, Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.): The 5-11 junior is a well-rounded setter with great location and a strong block and tough serves. She fires her team up and can hit as well when called upon. Her fire and tenacity helps motivate her team.