Three more schools have surpassed a significant social media milestone.
A recent Off the Block study of NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball social media accounts revealed that college men’s volleyball teams with more than 1,000 Twitter followers has expanded to a record seven schools since the start of the season.
UCLA, USC, UC Irvine each hit the social media milestone during the first half of the college men’s volleyball season. These schools also joined BYU, Ohio State, Ball State and Stanford as the only college men’s volleyball teams with at least 1,000 Twitter followers.
Despite social media growth from other schools, BYU continues to have a nation-best 3,084 Twitter followers — more than double the followers than any other men’s volleyball Twitter account. The Cougars also led all college men’s volleyball teams adding more than 400 followers in the last two months.
Ohio State leads the MIVA and remains in second-place overall in the social media rankings with 1,320 followers, while UCLA through the first half of the regular season jumped up two spots to third place in the social media with 1,307 followers.
Ball State at 1,285 followers and Stanford at 1,230 followers round-out the top five of the social media rankings.
Beyond the teams with more than 1,000 Twitter followers, Penn State leads the EIVA and moved into the top 10 with 705 followers. Mount Olive also continues to lead the Conference Carolinas and is in the top 15 at 438 followers.
Almost every college men’s volleyball team experienced a significant increase in its followers since Off the Block conducted its last social media study in late December. In addition, five schools — Harvard, Cal State Northridge, Hawai’i, St. Francis and McKendree — have created Twitter accounts for their men’s volleyball teams since the last study.
Despite the majority of teams having a presence on Twitter, 12 Division I-II men’s volleyball teams do not have a Twitter account. However, many of those teams have some type of Twitter presence with unofficial Twitter accounts or the school’s main athletics department Twitter account tweeting about the team.
Check out where all the college men’s volleyball ranked against each other in Twitter followers.
NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams on Twitter
1. BYU (@BYUvolleyball): 3,084 followers
2. Ohio State (@OhioState_MVB): 1,320 followers
3. UCLA (@UCLAMensVB): 1,307 followers
4. Ball State (@BallStateMVB): 1,285 followers
5. Stanford (@StanfordMVB): 1,230 followers
6. USC (@USCmensvolley): 1,144 followers
7. UC Irvine (@UCIMVB): 1,125 followers
8. Lewis (@LewisMVBall): 800 followers
9. Loyola (@LUMVB): 751 followers
10. Penn State (@PennStateMVBALL): 705 followers
11. Pepperdine (@PepperdineMVB): 682 followers
12. Long Beach State (@LBSU_MVB): 648 followers
13. Princeton (@PrincetonVolley): 624 followers
14. Mount Olive (@UMOMVB): 438 followers
15. Pacific (@PacificMenVball): 426 followers
16. Lindenwood (@LindenwoodVB): 389 followers*
17. Rutgers-Newark (@RUNVolleyball): 217 followers*
18. Quincy (@QUMVB): 203 followers
T-19. Harvard (@HarvardMVB): 183 followers
T-19. Hawai’i (@uhmvb): 183 followers
21. Limestone (@LimestoneMVB): 170 followers
22. Belmont Abbey (@Crusader_MVB): 158 followers
23. Cal State Northridge (@CSUNMensVB): 112 followers
24. Barton (@BartonVB) — 105 followers*
25. St. Francis (@SaintFrancisMVB) — 101 followers
26. McKendree (@McKMVB) — 73 followers
27. Sacred Heart (@SHUMVB) — 61 followers
Teams without official Twitter account:r Cal Baptist, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Grand Canyon, IPFW, George Mason, NJIT, Lees-McRae, Erskine, King, Coker, Pfeiffer
*Indicates joint Twitter account for school’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams.
Twitter follower numbers as of March 3