Who will take home the title?
January 22, 2024 by Ultiworld in Awards, Opinion with 0 comments
Ultiworld’s 2023 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 2023.
We watched many hours of game footage and asked for help from the community to hunt down the blocks, Ds, interceptions, takeaways, and everything else. Defenders were going all out in 2023, so the bar to make the list was high.
This year’s voting tournament introduced two new elements, both of which are exclusive to our subscribers.
First, in our Subscriber Selection, our subscribers culled the initial nomination list down to the final sixteen (eight from MMP and eight from FMP).
We are also introducing the Subscriber Save. During the quarterfinal round, subscribers selected one play on each side of the bracket to save from elimination and send to the semifinals. The semifinals will consist of three plays each.
Championship time! Two plays enter, and both exit, too, but one will be the 2023 Block of the Year. The final round of voting starts now and closes on Tuesday, January 23 at 11:59 PM Eastern.
Final Matchup: Cardenas vs. Cable
Valeria Cardenas – Denver Molly Brown (USAU Club)
With regards to Camille Blanc, Cardenas moved on to the final for an exciting matchup with the most dominant play on the other side. Blanc earned 41% of the vote to Cardenas’ 43% in the previous round, but fell just short of derailing this matchup.
Orion Cable – Boston Dig (USAU Club)
59% of the total vote went Cable’s way, a pretty impressive sum this late in the game. But Valeria Cardenas awaits in the final and that’s a whole different type of test.
Block of the Year 2023 (Final) (Results)
- Valeria Cardenas49%
- Orion Cable51%