Mailbag: Your Favorite Player’s Favorite Player, U26 Worlds in 2023?

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Q: As of the last time we played high level ultimate, who in the club scene would get an Ultiworld nomination for “your favorite player’s favorite player,” and what about them qualifies? I’m talking about the people who don’t get major hype like the Opi Paynes, Cardenas twins, and Jimmy Mickles of the world — the kinds of players my first years name as their idols when they arrive at college. I’m thinking about the ones that, if you ask the players they compete against season after season, are admired for doing the small things that earn Ws or have skill that the casual observer can’t fully appreciate?

The players that do the little things i enjoy watching are: Alex Snyder (throwing form that holds up against the elements and is just so technically sound), Joel Schlachet (impeccable continuation timing and moves that rack up constant goals), Allysha Dixon (both in her AMP days and with Molly Brown just seems like an energy machine; seems to bring a ton to the table as a positive teammate), Sam Applegate (plays with fierce edge and throws her body around in ways that can swing games), Walden Nelson (squeezes every last bit of advantage from angles and communication on defense). My picks probably show my age and lack of deep insight into the game these days, given that a lot of these players have earned significant ink. What are yours?

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  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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