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Octavia Payne #9

Octavia Payne began playing Ultimate her freshman year as the University of Pennsylvania as a hobby, a break from the "real" sport of track and field she had run all through high school. But after one season and a newly minted nickname (Opi), she was hooked and never looked back. Opi played on several club teams in the Philadelphia area (Wicked, Wildcard) and then on D.C. Scandal for 5 seasons, winning two national club titles and a bronze medal at the 2014 WUCC with them. She is now entering her second season on Denver Molly Brown. Opi previously played on the US National Team for the 2013 World Games.

When she's not obsessing over ultimate, Opi works at an environmental non-profit helping track and prevent deforestation around the world.