Mandy Rupert is the ninth person affiliated with the volleyball program to be inducted into the Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.
Rupert played for Upstate from 2003-06 and ended her career as arguably the top offensive player in school history and one of the most decorated players in the program. Her name remains at the top of the career record book at Upstate in three categories and on the list in many others.
Rupert stepped onto the court in 2003 and immediately made her presence known. Although playing with a veteran group, she was a go-to player and finished third on the team with 317 kills and 346 digs, while ranking second with 44 aces. She helped lead the Spartans to 25 wins. She was so outstanding that she was named the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year.
Her strong play continued as a sophomore, when she led the team with 429 kills and 66 aces, while finishing second with 351 digs in 2004. The obvious main threat for the team, she drew both the attention and praise from the opponents and earned the first of three all-conference honors from the Peach Belt coaches. She led the Peach Belt in aces per game.
In the best season of her career, Rupert turned in an amazing junior season in 2005. She finished the year as an all-conference selection, while leading the Spartans to 21 wins. She led the team with 528 kills and an astounding 71 aces, while ranking second with 404 digs. She led the Peach Belt in kills and aces per game. She finished her career with a strong effort in 2006. She again earned all-conference honors after leading Upstate with 488 kills and 419 digs, while placing second with 43 aces. She helped lead the Spartans to 23 wins.
In her four seasons in the program, Rupert led Upstate to an 85-47 overall record, 32 wins in the Peach Belt Conference, one second-place and one third-place finish in the regular season Peach Belt standings and four appearances in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Tournament. She was named the PBC Player of the Week six times. Five years removed from playing, she still ranks fifth all-time in the Peach Belt with career 1,762 kills.
Rupert’s name appears several times on Upstate’s all-time and single-season record lists. She tops the all-time records with 1,762 kills, 224 aces and 2,075 points. She is second all-time with 1,520 digs and fifth with 457 sets played. She owns the single-season record with 1,332 kill attempts in 2005. She owns two of the top 10 single-season kill totals in school history, ranking third with 52 in 2005 and seventh with 488 in 2006.
Rupert was also a standout in the classroom. She was a four-time Peach Belt Conference Presidential Scholar Athlete selection and graduated with a 3.7 GPA from Upstate. She continued her academic excellence after Upstate. She received a doctorate degree in Pharmacy from South Carolina in 2011, graduating cum laude with a 3.6 GPA.
Rupert, a native of Houston, Texas, worked for three months in Europe at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London and Co-Op Pharmacy in Wales before moving to Hawaii and working at the Maui Clinic Pharmacy. She has returned to her native Houston and is a pharmacist with CVS. Active in her profession, she has been published in the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocate