Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown/Residence: Lexington, Texas/Lubbock, Texas
Birth Date: May 5, 1990
High School/Grad Year: Lexington High School (Lexington, Texas) / 2008
College Status: Playing for Texas Tech University
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – All-Big 12 Team in track and field…Earned Dean’s List and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll…Collected three top-five finishes in track and field and cleared a career-best mark of 5'-7.75" in just one season. 2008 - Led the Texas Tech with 301 kills, 66 total blocks, a .286 hitting percentage on the season as a freshman, and recorded a career-high 20 kills in two separate matches…Named to the Big 12 Freshman Team, Texas Tech’s first-ever player selected to the squad…Big 12 Rookie of the Week…Earned Dean’s List and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Named All-State playing for Lexington High School…Selected honorable mention All-American...Chosen Texas Gatorade High School Player of the Year finalist…Named All-Brazos Valley most valuable player and All-Centex Player of the Year…Tabbed as Central Texas #1 Athlete of the Year by Austin American Statesman. 2007 – Selected Texas High School All-State…All-Centex. 2006 – Tabbed All-Centex. 2005 – Named All-Centex. 2004 – Tabbed All-Centex. 2002 - Started playing club volleyball with TexStar
PERSONAL: Born Amanda Dane Dowdy on May 5, 1990, in Leander, Texas… Parents are Samuel and Rhonda Dowdy… Brothers are Sam Jr. (1981) and Dan (1983)…Sister Michelle (1987) is deceased… Majoring in exercise and sports science at Texas Tech University with an expected graduation date of 2012…Hobbies are swimming, beach volleyball, basketball, photography and traveling…Favorite food is seafood…Favorite book is The Shack…Favorite music categories are country and hip-hop…Favorite singer is Taylor Swift…Favorite professional team is Dallas Mavericks…Favorite athlete is Kerri Walsh…Most admired person is my sister Michelle Dowdy because “she was the one I always looked up to and I still hold her close to my heart and am motivated by her memory.”…Happiest moment in life was “winning state in the high jump and making the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team.”
INTERESTING NOTE: “My sister passed away when I was 9-years-old and to this day I have her initials on my volleyball and track shoes in remembrance of her. I won state in high jump my senior year in high school and I am now competing for Texas Tech in track. I placed fifth in indoor and sixth in outdoor Big 12 Championships this year for high jump. Before I decided to play volleyball, I played on an elite basketball club team.”