Opening Pull: Tempest Top WUL, D-III Nationals Pools Announced

Plus, Callahan and Donovan videos galore.

Seattle Tempest coaches -- Deb Scheibe, Rohre Titcomb, and Pam Kraus -- celebrate their victory at WUL Championship Weekend. Photo: William 'Brody' Brotman --
Seattle Tempest coaches — Deb Scheibe, Rohre Titcomb, and Pam Kraus — celebrate their victory at WUL Championship Weekend. Photo: William ‘Brody’ Brotman —

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Seattle Tempest Claim Inaugural WUL Crown

The Seattle Tempest capped a dominant 2022 season by claiming the first Western Ultimate League title, knocking off hosts San Diego Super Bloom 18-15 in the championship game.

The Tempest trounced the Arizona Sidewinders 24-12 earlier in Championship Weekend to earn their spot in the final, while San Diego arrived via a 24-15 semifinal win over Oregon Onyx. Arizona defeated Oregon for third place on Sunday morning ahead of the title game, where Kody Lippincott made perhaps the play of the weekend with another insane layout grab:

Lippincott layout

It was a successful first full season for the league, which has already established a solid national fanbase and generated plenty of engagement within the community with its exciting on-field product and innovative rules and format.

Stay tuned for more coverage from Championship Weekend on our site soon!

D-III Nationals Pools, Schedule Announced

The College Championships are only days away, with the first action from Milwaukee kicking off this Saturday with pool play in the D-III divisions. The schedule and pools for both the women’s and men’s divisions are now available.

Defending national champions Middlebury Pranksters get the top seed in the women’s division while St. Olaf will enter the tournament atop the men’s division as 2021 champs Oklahoma Christian slot it at no.6 after finishing second at Regionals.

Women's division pools for the 2022 D-III College Championships
Women’s division pools for the 2022 D-III College Championships
Men's division pools for the 2022 D-III College Championships
Men’s division pools for the 2022 D-III College Championships

Ultiworld will have full previews for all pools out later this week and loads of live coverage from Milwaukee all weekend leading into Monday’s championship games.

Callahan Award Voting Now Open

Callahan and Donovan season is in full swing, as voting for the former is now open for eligible college members and runs through this Sunday.

There’s still time to nominate your teammate for the Donovan award — the nomination window is open until this Wednesday, May 17, with voting to begin shortly after.

Dozens of schools have published videos for their nominees in the past week and we’ll work to get them all up on Ultiworld. You can find every video that gets posted all in one place on our 2022 Callahan and Donovan Video Tracker.

Coming Up

  • The 2022 D-III College Championships run Saturday through Monday this upcoming weekend in Milwaukee. Stay tuned to Ultiworld for all preview content, live updates, and video streams in the leadup and throughout the weekend!
  • The Con10enT Tour is making its third stop of 2022 on Saturday afternoon, this time in Lafayette, CO, outside Denver.
  • Ultiworld is working to finalize our D-I All-Region teams, which will be available for subscribers soon!
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    Steve Sullivan is the Executive Editor of Ultiworld. He began playing in 2001 at Boston University, helped found and then played 14 seasons with Slow White, and most recently competed with San Francisco Blackbird. He has volunteered as a college Sectional Coordinator, a club Regional Coordinator, served three terms as a player-elected representative for the Mixed division on USAU's Club Working Group, and is currently an At-Large rep on the USAU Board of Directors. He has previously written for the USAU magazine and The Huddle, and was editor of the book "Ultimate: The First Five Decades, Vol II." You can reach him by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@sjsully21).

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