Not all college men’s volleyball teams have the same influence when it comes to social media.
A recent study of NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team Twitter accounts revealed that Penn State and BYU are leading all other teams in followers — and by a wide-margin.
Penn State, which has a joint Twitter account for its men’s and women’s volleyball teams, had a nation-best 8,064 followers. In addition, BYU finished in second-place with 2,286 followers and has the highest following in the nation for any Twitter account solely focusing on college men’s volleyball.
The Nittany Lions and Cougars were only teams of the 21 Division I-II men’s volleyball teams on Twitter with more than 1,000 followers.
Ohio State led the MIVA and comes in third place with 863 followers, while Ball State at 847 followers and Stanford at 826 followers round out the nation’s top five.
Nine teams also had at least 500 followers, including two-time defending NCAA champions UC irvine that came in seventh place with 682 followers.
Despite the majority of teams having a presence on Twitter, 17 Division I-II men’s volleyball teams do not have a Twitter account. Several of those teams, though, have some presence on Twitter with unofficial team Twitter accounts or the school’s main athletics department Twitter account tweeting about the team.
Check out where all the college men’s volleyball rank against each other in terms of social media followers.
NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams on Twitter
1. Penn State (@PennStateVBALL): 8,064 followers*
2. BYU (@BYUvolleyball): 2,286 followers
3, Ohio State (@OhioState_MVB): 863 followers
4. Ball State (@BallStateMVB): 847 followers
5. Stanford (@StanfordMVB): 826 followers
6. UCLA (@UCLAMensVB): 686 followers
7. UC Irvine (@UCIMVB): 682 followers
8. USC (@USCmensvolley): 671 followers
9. Lewis (@LewisMVBall): 578 followers
10. Loyola (@LUMVB): 382 followers
11. Long Beach State (@LBSU_MVB): 345 followers
12. Pepperdine (@PepperdineMVB): 313 followers
13. Princeton (@PrincetonVolley): 278 followers
14. Lindenwood (@LindenwoodVB): 273 followers*
15. Pacific (@PacificMenVball): 232 followers
16. Mount Olive (@MOCMVB): 206 followers
17. Rutgers-Newark (@RUNVolleyball): 127 followers*
18. Pfeiffer (@PfeifferVB): 109 followers
19. Quincy (@QUMVB): 107 followers
20. Limestone (@LimestoneVB): 98 followers
21. Belmont Abbey (@Crusader_MVB): 72 followers
Teams without official Twitter account: Cal Baptist, UC Santa Barbara, Hawai’i, Cal State Northridge, UC San Diego, Grand Canyon, IPFW, George Mason, Harvard, St. Francis, NJIT, Sacred Heart, Lees-McRae, Erskine, King, Barton, Coker
*Indicates joint Twitter account for school’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams.
Twitter follower numbers as of July 13