Play Of The Year 2020 Quarterfinals, Presented by Friction Gloves

Let us celebrate what ultimate we got in 2020 by picking the Play of the Year!

Our Play of the Year 2020 bracket is presented by Friction Gloves; all opinions are those of the author. Want to make highlights of your own? Try Friction Gloves!

It’s hard to recall clearly, but we did actually have ultimate in 2020. Most of it occurred in the first few months of the calendar, though there was some isolated play throughout the year. In those early moments, nobody knew we’d be almost entirely without ultimate for a long time and played with the fervor that’s made so many great plays over the years.

This year’s bracket is different than our traditional annual reader-voted competitions. With so much less ultimate, we’re doing one big celebration of the blocks, catches, throws, and whatever other wacky stuff y’all come up with. There will be simply one play to rule them all from 2020.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re inviting you, the Ultiworld readers, to vote for your favorite of the remaining finalists.

Check out all of the nominees and vote below, then check back to see which clips advance for another opportunity to participate. The second round of voting starts now and closes on Monday, February 15 at 12 PM Eastern.

Full Bracket

 

The Bracket

Matchup 1: Viktorsson vs. Merrill

Both contestants eliminated Ohio Valley collegiate foes on their way to round two. Viktorsson’s toe-in was the dominant victor of the opening round, piling up 74% of the votes against Sieber. Merrill’s margin was much closer, a slim 4% lead over Ing, but a nice upset. Which of these two skillful plays will make the semifinals?

Vendela Viktorsson – KFUM Örebro (European Indoor Club Women’s)

Vendela Viktorsson

Joe Merrill – Brigham Young CHI (USAU D-I College Men’s)

Joe Merrill

Which Play Was Better? (R2M1) (Results)

  • Vendela Viktorsson
    51%
  • Joe Merrill
    49%

 

Matchup 2: Sun vs. Sellers

Time for a block battle from the college scene! Sun won one for the defenders, comfortably ousting her O-line teammate in her first matchup. Meanwhile, Sellers also defeated a hammer with a layout block, leaving Whitlock behind in a narrow win. However, Sellers had the most total votes of the first round, far beyond the rest of the field aside from his opponent. If he repeats that success, Sun’s run could be at it’s end.

Jessie Sun – Pittsburgh Danger (USAU D-I College Women’s)

Jessie Sun Block

Phillip Sellers – NC State Alpha (USAU D-I College Men’s)

Phillip Sellers

Which Play Was Better? (R2M2) (Results)

  • Jessie Sun
    21%
  • Phillip Sellers
    79%

 

Matchup 3: Jezierski vs. Khudobin

The closest competition of round one was between Jezierski and Ong. Only a handful of votes separated the Beach of Dreams forehand from Ong’s goal-scoring interception. Perhaps iron sharpens iron, in this case, and Jezierski is prepared to take down Khudobin’s clutch double-sky. The Russian receiver had a more impressive first round win, eliminating a BYU CHI opponent by a bigger margin than Jezierski did.

Sadie Jezierski – Team Grace (Beach of Dreams Women’s Showcase)

Sadie Jezierski

Mikhail Khudobin – Russia RealFive (European Indoor Club Men’s)

Mikhail Khudobin

Which Play Was Better? (R2M3) (Results)

  • Sadie Jezierski
    64%
  • Mikhail Khudobin
    36%

 

Matchup 4: Cannon vs. Sun

Two upset picks are fighting to advance to the top four! Cannon flipped the script in round one, conquering Ash’s scoober with 56% of the matchup’s votes. Sun’s catch outshone Childress’s grab, giving Sun the rare honor of sending two plays to the top eight. Can the celeb support from MKBHD, hoping for a Sun vs. Sun final, overpower some delightful D-III defense?

Harris Cannon – Richmond Spidermonkeys (USAU D-III College Men’s)

Harris Cannon

Jessie Sun – Pittsburgh Danger (USAU D-I College Women’s)

Jessie Sun Catch

Which Play Was Better? (R2M4) (Results)

  • Harris Cannon
    31%
  • Jessie Sun
    69%

  1. Keith Raynor
    Keith Raynor

    Keith Raynor is a Senior Editor and the Business Development Manager at Ultiworld. He co-hosts our Deep Look podcast and does play-by-play and color commentary. He coaches UConn Rise, the college's women's team. You can reach him by email (keith@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@FullFieldHammer).

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