Let us celebrate what ultimate we got in 2020 by picking the Play of the Year!
February 16, 2021 by Keith Raynor in Awards, Opinion with 0 comments
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 third round of voting starts now and closes on Thursday, February 18 at 12 PM Eastern.
Matchup 1: Viktorsson vs. Sellers
The momentum for Sellers continues, and positions the Carolina kid’s block as the favorite to take down the bracket. He crushed Sun in round two, with almost 80% of their matchup’s votes. Thus far, he has defeated a throw and a block. Can he take down a tremendous catch? Viktorsson edged out Merrill by just a couple of votes, but perhaps the international powerhouse can pull off the upset.
Vendela Viktorsson – KFUM Örebro (European Indoor Club Women’s)
Phillip Sellers – NC State Alpha (USAU D-I College Men’s)
Which Play Was Better? (R3M1) (Results)
- Vendela Viktorsson35%
- Phillip Sellers65%
Matchup 2: Jezierski vs. Sun
The Ohio Valley – and the DEVYL youth program – were well represented from the bracket’s beginning, but their remaining pair is set to battle for a spot in the final. Neither had any trouble casting aside their quarterfinal opponent, with comfortable voting margins for both. These are two non-traditional splash plays from former YCC teammates that have been strong entrants thus far.
Sadie Jezierski – Team Grace (Beach of Dreams Women’s Showcase)
Jessie Sun – Pittsburgh Danger (USAU D-I College Women’s)
Which Play Was Better? (R3M2) (Results)
- Sadie Jezierski33%
- Jessie Sun67%