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Ellie Ruprich

  • position Middle Blocker
  • height 6-3
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Beverly Hills, Mich.
  • Major Management
  • High school Birmingham Groves
  • position Middle Blocker
  • height 6-3
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Beverly Hills, Mich.
  • Major Management
  • High school Birmingham Groves

Ellie Ruprich Bio

AWARDS/HONORS

  • SEC Freshman of the Week (10/19/20, 2/8/21)
  • 2020-21 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2021 (SOPHOMORE)

  • Continued to build her resume as a standout defender, compiling 112 total blocks (27), a total that ranked eighth in the SEC.
  • Her 27 solo blocks are the most by a Gamecock in a single season since Belita Salters in 2007.
  • Through only 51 career matches, she already ranks sixth in program history with 42 career solo blocks.
  • Stepped up big in SEC play, averaging 1.42 kills and 1.29 blocks per set in 18 matches.
  • Her 20 solo blocks against SEC opponents are the most by any Gamecock since joining the conference in 1991.
  • Hit .312 with nine kills and added two solo blocks in the team’s opening-day win over No. 18 Washington State (8/27).
  • Hit .357 with seven kills with four solo blocks, matching the program’s rally-scoring era record for solo blocks in a four-set match (10/8).
  • Finished with a career-high 12 blocks in five sets at Ole Miss, five of which were solo stuffs (10/29).
  • Hit .462 with six kills and three blocks at Florida (11/20).

2020-21 (FRESHMAN)

  • Played in all 22 matches and missed just two sets total in her debut season.
  • Led the team with 84 total blocks (15 solo), which ranked fourth in the SEC and led all conference freshmen. Among all NCAA schools, she ranked fourth among freshmen in total blocks.
  • Over two matches at Georgia to open the fall, she led the team with 19 total blocks and added 16 kills over the team’s seven sets against the Bulldogs, earning her SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
  • In her collegiate debut, she had a hand in nine of the team’s 14 total blocks over three sets in a sweep of the Bulldogs, also adding six kills with just one attacking error. The nine blocks tied her with Belita Salters (vs. Auburn, 10/21/2007) for most total blocks in a three-set match in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
  • She then achieved an impressive milestone early in her career in the rematch with Georgia, bagging her first collegiate double-double behind 10 kills and 10 total blocks (three solo) in just four sets. It was the highest block total for a four-set match since 2016 for South Carolina and Ruprich is now one of just six Gamecocks to reach double-digit blocks in a match of any length dating back to 2008.
  • Recorded nine more blocks in a three-set sweep of Tennessee on the road (11/7).
  • Helped the team upset No. 4 Florida, thanks to seven kills and eight blocks (two solo) against the Gators (11/12).
  • Won SEC Freshman of the Week after finishing with 20 kills and a .529 hitting percentage in a series vs. Miss. St. (2/4-5).
  • Scored 12 points in an upset of No. 25 Missouri (2/27). Had six kills, three aces and six total blocks.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB

  • A multi-sport standout athlete, Ruprich earned four letters each in volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. Not only did she compete in the three sports, but she was also an all-league honoree and made all-state for lacrosse and basketball and all-region for volleyball.
  • Named a 2019 AAU All-American and AVCA All-Region team member.
  • She helped her Legacy Volleyball Club 18s team to the prestigious NIT Triple Crown title in February 2020 before the season was cut short, but had previously helped the team make the top five at AAU and USAV nationals in previous years.

PERSONAL

  • Daughter of Bob and Jen Ruprich.
  • Has three brothers, Cal, Drew and Eric.
  • Plans to major in business management.

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