By Kirstin Olsen
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Day 2 of the Asics Challenge highlighted some of the nation's top players. Only pool winners had a chance for the title, but the silver division was packed with talent.
Here are the top 10 players of the tournament.
Jordan Burgess, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.): The 6-foot senior outside hitter was once again the most talented player in the gym. She skies, she digs she scores. She absolutely crushes the seam and can hit over the block. If you are late on your block, she will make you pay. She is a joy to watch and the nucleus of her team.
Megan Lipski, Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.): The 5-10 senior outside hitter was a force on the left. She did a great job hitting the seam and the tandem in the middle.
Daiva Wise, St. Francis (Wheaton, Ill.):The 6-2 senior middle blocker was explosive in the middle. Her heavy, quick arm helped the Spartans rally and defeat defending Asics Champs Cary-Grove (Cary, Ill.) in a tough three-game match.
Melanie Jereb, Cary-Grove (Cary, Ill.): The 6-foot senior outside hitter was effective in the back row as well as the front. She was light on her feet and picked up a ton of balls on defense, allowing her team another opportunity to score. Her jump serve was effective as well.
Nicole Walch, Martin County (Stuart, Fla.):The 6-2 senior outside hitter is the go-to on her team. The Florida State commit moves well and is an offensive threat in the front and back row with her lively arm. The Tigers suffered a tough loss to host McAuley in pool play and again to Sacred Heart Saturday morning, but Walch and her team went down swinging.
Bridget Powell, Mother McAuley (Chicago, Ill.): The 5-6 senior libero is having quite a week. After recently committing to Purdue and helping her team beat No. 3 Berkeley Prep Thursday night, she covered the floor defensively for the Mighty Macs, helping them to a semifinal appearance against Berkeley Prep. Unfortunately, her match was cut short by a knee injury.
Alyssa Dawson, Catholic Memorial (Waukesha, Wis.):The 6-foot junior outside hitter put a ton of balls away for the Crusaders. She hammered line and angle and mixed in a few tips and cut shots to keep opposing teams' defense on their toes.
Sidney Brown, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.): The 5-11 sophomore outside hitter was a good balance with Burgess. She terminated on some nice angles and challenged the block. Just a sophomore, she is a good athlete and still has room for improvement.
Chelsea Bowles, Assumption (Louisville, Ky.): The 5-4 senior libero is a defensive diva. She digs so many balls with ease, giving her team a multitude of opportunities for transitioning plays. She is the core of their defense and will be an excellent addition to Tennessee-Martin next year.
Alex Holbrook, Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.): The 5-11 senior middle blocker is just coming back from ACL surgery and is a true quick hitter. She gets up early and does a nice job hitting the 31 and the slide. She is uncommitted and would be a steal for any program.