Only two remain in the battle to determine the best mascot in NAIA men’s volleyball.
The Off the Block/Frisco Mo NAIA Men’s Volleyball Mascot Challenge concludes with the championship match between Champ the Cougar (St. Xavier) and Samson the Lion (Vanguard).
The winner of the championship round will be decided through fan voting on the Off the Block website.
Both of these mascots won division champions during the round-robin stage to reach the semifinals. In addition, Champ and Samson each garnered hundreds of votes in their semifinal victories.
Along with the championship title, the winning school will receive a $50 donation from Off the Block that will go towards helping the champion mascot attend a men’s volleyball match during the 2021 season.
Below are the semifinal polls and the bios of the four remaining mascots in the tournament field. The polls close at 10 p.m. (CST) Tuesday.
Individuals can also view the tournament standings and cast their votes at offtheblockblog.com/naiamascotchallenge.
Champ the Cougar
School: St. Xavier
Mascot fun fact: Champ is a fixture throughout the university’s campus doing everything from attending men’s volleyball matches to conducting costume contests on Halloween.
Men’s volleyball note: St. Xavier coach Tom Ryan was named to the 2020 AVCA Thirty Under 30 list.
Samson the Lion
Mascot fun fact: Samson the Lion defeated Oakie of Menlo in the championship round of the inaugural Golden State Athletic Conference Mascot Challenge in 2018.
Men’s volleyball note: Vanguard ended its inaugural season at No. 8 in the national coaches poll and had an upset victory against the NCAA Division III powerhouse Springfield.