Ultiworld’s 2017 Block Of The Year Bracket: Semifinals, Presented By Friction Gloves

We’re down to the final four!

Ultiworld’s 2017 Block of the Year bracket is presented by Friction Gloves; all opinions are those of the author. Please support the brands that make Ultiworld possible and shop at Friction!

Four nominees remain in our bracket, all of which feature incredible layout blocks from one of the young stars in the game.  Which two will earn spots in the final on their quest to be crowned the 2017 Block of the Year?

Semifinal voting is now open and will close on Wednesday, February 14th, at 12 PM Eastern.

Semifinal Round

Matchup 1: Williams vs. Ing


Jack Williams – UNC Wilmington Seamen (USAU Men’s College)
Jack Williams continues to soar through the competition, this time besting the high-flying block from Jimmy Hooper by a nearly 30 percentage point margin. Next up, Williams will face another mixed division stud. Can he dominate yet another semifinal?



Mike Ing – Pittsburgh En Sabah Nur (USAU Men’s College)
In Round 2, Mike Ing more than doubled up his opponent Jesse Bolton, perhaps exacting some small level of revenge for Philadelphia’s loss to Mixtape in the mixed national final. His come-from-behind, “now you don’t see me, now you do” block against UMass at College Nationals moves one step closer to being named Block of the Year.

Matchup 2: Thompson vs. Cardenas


Anna Thompson – Philadelphia AMP (USAU Mixed Club)
Thompson’s quarterfinal matchup with Jesse Shofner was both the closest battle of Round 2 and the one that saw the largest number of votes. But, just as she did for Amp, Thompson came through in the clutch. Her brutal path through the bracket continues in the semifinals, as she takes on the reigning block queen.


Cardenas 1

Manuela Cardenas – Medellín Revolution (USAU Women’s Club)
Another round, another victory for Cardenas. Ho Hum. What else were you expecting? Now Manuela will face a very tough challenge, squaring off against a double game point block in a national title game. Anna Thompson has earned far more votes than Manuela through two rounds of this contest—will she do it again or will the Colombian work her way into the Block of the Year final for the second consecutive year?

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