The field has been narrowed to four 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 continues this weekend with the semifinal matches.
The semifinal matches will be decided through fan voting on the Off the Block website with the winners advancing to the championship round.
These four mascots reached the semifinals following the five-day round-robin stage. The top two teams in each division at the end of the round-robin stage qualified for the semifinals.
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) Sunday.
Individuals can also view the tournament standings and cast their votes at offtheblockblog.com/naiamascotchallenge.
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.
School: Trinity Christian
Mascot fun fact: The origin of the Troll dates back before the formation of Trinity Christian when he would guard a golf course that is now the location of the college grounds.
Men’s volleyball note: The Trolls finished the 2020 season 13-9 and had won four of their last five matches before the season was canceled.
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.
School: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Mascot fun fact: Known as Morty for short, this mascot is a eutectic. A eutectic is a scientific process when two solids are combined to form a liquid.
Men’s volleyball note: St. Louis College of Pharmacy in its inaugural season was limited to eight matches due the season being canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.