Ultiworld’s 2022 Block Of The Year Bracket (Round 1)

Help decide the best recorded block of 2022.

Ultiworld’s 2022 Block of the Year bracket is presented by Spin Ultimate; all opinions are those of the author(s). Find out how Spin can get you, and your team, looking your best this season.

One of our most popular series to begin each year, it’s time to look back at last year and let our readers decide some of the top plays of the year from 2022.

We watched many hours of game footage and asked for help from the community to hunt down the catches, completions, grabs, snags, and everything else. This was a big year for ultimate with more than enough options to fill up this bracket, so even some worthy candidates were left behind.

We have a new system to select the victor for 2022: a voting triumvirate of the community at large, our staff, and our subscribers. Over the next week, we’re inviting you, the Ultiworld readers, to vote for your favorite of the finalists selected. It’ll be best of three in those categories to decide the winner.

Check out all of the nominees and vote below, then check back to see which clips advance for another opportunity to participate. The first round of voting starts now and closes on Tuesday, January 17 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

Matchup 1: Cardenas vs. Helton

Manuela Cardenas – Denver Molly Brown (USAU Club)

Manuela Cardenas

One of the best blocks at the 2022 Club Championships and at a crucial moment in the women’s final, Manuela Cardenas demonstrates again why she is one of the best players in the world.

Kaela Helton – Team USA (World Games)

Kaela Helton

Helton was a standout for the USA at the 222 World games in Alabama, and she flies into the bracket with this block against Team Canada.

2022 Block of the Year: Round 1, Matchup 1 (Results)

  • Manuela Cardenas
    86%
  • Kaela Helton
    14%

 

Matchup 2: Dam vs. Nguyen

Lola Dam – Amsterdam Grut (European Club)

Lola Dam

Dam earned her spot in this bracket with a layout block on universe point to win a EUCF title.

Nhi Nguyen – Denver Molly Brown (USAU Club)

Nhi Nguyen

Nhi Nguyen bests a formidable opponent with an acrobatic and extremely clean block in this USAU club semifinal.

2022 Block of the Year: Round 1, Matchup 2 (Results)

  • Lola Dam
    44%
  • Nhi Nguyen
    56%

 

Matchup 3: Meckstroth vs. Thompson

Sarah Meckstroth – Raleigh Radiance (PUL)

Sarah Meckstroth

Sarah Meckstroth shows her stuff with a hustle play on another incredible player in this bracket. Meckstroth sprints 40 yards to overtake Cardenas by inches and get the during the PUL season.

Anna Thompson – San Francisco Fury (USAU Club)

Anna Thompson

This isn’t Thompson’s first layout block during a club final to make it into a Block of the Year bracket. This tight window block during the USAU club women’s final wasn’t enough to earn Fury a title, but certainly adds to her long list of career clutch moments.

2022 Block of the Year: Round 1, Matchup 3 (Results)

  • Sarah Meckstroth
    67%
  • Anna Thompson
    33%

 

Matchup 4: Zhou vs. Hecko

Amy Zhou – Boston Brute Squad (USAU Club)

Amy Zhou

Zhou uses experience and anticipation to clinch a spectacular layout point block in a semifinal at the USAU Club Championships. 

Abby Hecko – Washington Element (USAU College)

Abby Hecko

Hecko gets her second Play of the Year nod in a row for another play at the college championships, this time for a goal line layout block.

2022 Block of the Year: Round 1, Matchup 4 (Results)

  • Amy Zhou
    71%
  • Abby Hecko
    29%

 

Matchup 5: Babbitt vs. Coffin

Jeff Babbitt – New York PoNY (USAU Club)

Jeff Babbitt

Babbitt is no stranger to the Ultiworld Play of the Year bracket with appearances in both the Block and Catch of the year brackets of past, but this shoulder high layout sky block at WUCC was special enough to make it on Sports Center Top 10.

Abe Coffin – Minnesota Windchill (AUDL)

Abe Coffin

One of the most unique plays on the list, Coffin impresses with a buzzer beater block-assist combo in the AUDL to advance the Windchill’s lead over the AlleyCats.

2022 Block of the Year: Round 1, Matchup 5 (Results)

  • Jeff Babbitt
    70%
  • Abe Coffin
    30%

Matchup 6: Ing vs. Fried

Henry Ing – Pittsburgh En Sabah Nur (USAU College)

Henry Ing

Blossoming superstar Henry Ing takes to the skies to get a block deep in the end zone at this early season college tournament, and casually throws a full field backhand huck for the assist 10 seconds later.

Eli Fried – UNC Darkside (USAU College)

Eli Fried

Eli Fried was tremendous in his first year on Darkside. Fried made several layout blocks at the college championships this year, but this layout block in the first point in the D-I men’s final was particularly impressive.

2022 Block of the Year: Round 1, Matchup 6 (Results)

  • Henry Ing
    45%
  • Eli Fried
    55%

Matchup 7: Kervick vs. Ancelin

Declan Kervick – Team USA (WJUC)

Declan Kervick

Who doesn’t love a callahan? Not to mention a silky smooth layout Callahan for a break in the final of WJUC.

Gaël Ancelin – Belgium Mooncatchers (International Club)

Gaël Ancelin

Ancelin’s decisive footblock against one of the best players in the world helped spur Mooncatchers to an historic upset over Sockeye at WUCC.

2022 Block of the Year: Round 1, Matchup 7 (Results)

  • Declan Kervick
    91%
  • Gaël Ancelin
    9%

Matchup 8: Cooper vs. Costello

Myles Cooper – Pittsburgh En Sabah Nur (USAU College)

Myles Cooper

Hard to believe there are two layout point blocks in this bracket, but here we are. Cooper gets long for an incredibly bold and demoralizing layout hand block at Florida Warm Up.

Jonathan Costello – Oklahoma Christian (USAU College)

Jonathan Costello

Costello was a huge contributor for Oklahoma Christian’s back to back titles and this layout block in the D-III men’s final gives a glimpse of why he was the Men’s POTY Runner-up.

2022 Block of the Year: Round 1, Matchup 8 (Results)

  • Myles Cooper
    64%
  • Jonathan Costello
    36%

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