SENIOR SEASON (2011)
Wrapped her illustrious career with best season to date ... named to the All-Big 12 first team for second-straight season ... became the first player in school history to earn first-team accolades twice in a career ... also an Academic All-Big 12 first team selection ... one of only four players to play in every match this season ... paired with Karlyn Meyers to be the only players to start in every match as well ... finished with a team-high 454 kills on the season ... total tied for seventh all-time on the school's single-season chart ... became just the first Tech player since Philister Sang (2005-06) to record at least 400 kills in consecutive seasons ... also moved into sole possession of second in career kills ... finished with 1,495 kills during her four seasons ... entered the year ranked fifth all-time ... posted her highest hitting percentage since her freshman year ... hit .199 despite taking a career-high 1,376 attempts ... had previously hit .286 as a freshman on only 653 attempts ... her total attempts were tied for second with Sang (2005) for the single-season record ... also moved to second on the school's career attempts leaders ... totaled 4,268 swings over her four seasons ... had the most career kills and attempts among current Big 12 players at end of the season ... wrapped the regular season ranked fourth in the Big 12 with 4.09 kills per set ... also fourth with a 4.55 points per set average ... fell just outside the top 10 in digs per set, finishing with a 3.15 rate ... recorded 22 double-doubles, giving her 36 for her career ... posted 50 blocks on the outside, including nine solo stuffs ... her nine solo blocks were one shy of the team high ... boosted the squad with 21 aces, second-most on the team ... was in double digits for kills in all but two matches - Aug. 27 against Grambling State and at Texas-Pan American ... was pulled in that match against Grambling after Tech easily won the opening set ... recorded double-doubles in five of season's first six matches ... set a new career high with 23 digs against Morehead State ... began a 10-match streak of recording double-doubles against Southeastern Louisiana ... dropped a season-high 26 kills at New Mexico during that stretch ... match was one of four contests where she reached the 20-kill mark ... had 22 kills at Missouri and at home against Texas A&M ... notched 21 kills at Kansas State as well ... also recorded a season-high five blocks in that Oct. 19 match with the Aggies ... hit a season-high .457 at North Texas after killing 18 balls off 35 attempts with only two errors ... also had 12 digs against the Mean Green ... was coming off a .444 hitting percentage just a few days earlier against UT-Arlington ... totaled 15 kills of 27 attempts and three errors against the Mavericks ... set a new career high with 28 digs in opener against Oklahoma ... also had 18 kills in five-set loss to the Sooners ... dig total marked the second-most on the team behind only Tory Vaughan's 31 digs against Baylor ... double-double streak ended in home loss to Kansas State ... took a season-high 76 attempts against Baylor Oct. 26 ... marked the second-most attempts for a Big 12 player all season ... dropped 16 kills against the Bears while also posting 18 digs ... had season-high three aces in late non-conference match at San Jose State ... also had 19 kills and 14 digs against the Spartans ... had a double-double in three of her final five matches ... wrapped her career with 12 kills against Missouri.
JUNIOR SEASON (2010)
Continued to be Tech's top offensive weapon in her junior season ... was a Preseason All-Big 12 selection in a vote by the conference coaches ... elected a team captain prior to the season ... joined Jackie Vincent as the only two Tech players to play every set this season ... posted double-digit kills in all but five of Tech's matches ... broke the Texas Tech school record for most kills in a match with 37 against Colorado ... the total surpassed the previous school record of 35 set by Kelly Johnson in 2002 ... also posted a career-high 20 digs in the match for her fifth double-double of the season ... had 87 attempts in the match, six off the Big 12 and Tech records ... both her attempts and kill figures were tops among Big 12 players this season ... even with the amount of swings, still managed to finish with a .287 hitting percentage ... was coming off another solid performance in Tech's most-previous home match against Kansas ... finished with 25 kills and 15 digs in the match to lead Tech to a 3-2 victory ... a gutsy performance that came only days after injuring her ankle in Tech's loss to Baylor ... her three other double-doubles had come against Texas State, Northeastern, and Oklahoma ... also recorded a season-high .314 hitting percentage against Texas State ... added her seventh double-double of the season at Kansas State with 21 kills and 12 digs ... recorded another double-double a week later at Missouri with 21 kills and 11 digs ... came close to adding another double-double against Texas, connecting on 12 kills with nine digs ... recorded ninth double-double of the year at Colorado with 34 kills and 14 digs ... moved over the 1,000 career kill mark against the Buffaloes ... added 10th double-double of the season with 13 kills and 11 digs against Iowa State ... finished second in the Big 12 in kills per set and fourth for points per set ... second in the conference in kills per set for conference matches only ... third in points per set in Big 12 matches ... had at least 30 swings in all but three matches ... surpassed her career high for kills, attempts, and digs in a season ... will enter 2011 fifth on the school's career chart for kills and sixth for career attempts ... finished sixth for single-season attempts and 10th in kills in the Tech record book ... Academic All-Big 12 first team ... All-Big 12 first team selection ... was Tech's first player named to the first team selection since 2002.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009)
Appeared in all 94 sets of the 29 match season ... had 19 double-digit kill matches and had a double-double thrice: vs. K-State to end the season (21 k, 14 d) vs. Gonzaga (20 k, 10 d), and vs. Missouri (14 k, 13 d) ... finished the season hot, with her best ever performance in kills and digs, with 21 and 14 ... led the team in kills with 316 and 953 swings at it (rest that arm) ... averaged team-best 3.36 kills per set (which ranked in the Big 12 top 10 at the conclusion of the regular season), 1.88 digs per set and 0.26 service aces per set... was nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All America honor earned first-team All Academic Big 12 honors ... moved back to middle hitter spot during the match at Oklahoma where she stayed for the remainder of the season.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008)
Led the team with 301 kills for a 2.74 kills-per-set mark ... her blocking average was 0.60 blocks-per-set with 16 solo and combining with teammates for another 50 on the season ... was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman team and earned the All-Big 12 Rookie of the Week honor: Sept. 15 ... spent the summer competing as a member of the USA 2009 Women's Junior National Team (WJNT) which culminated in a 12th-place finish at the World Championships in Tijuana, Mexico ... also high jumped for the Red Raiders and finished 5th at the Big 12 Indoor Championships and 6th at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships ... earned Dean's List honors both semesters of her freshman year.
LEXINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
Competed in volleyball, basketball, tennis and track & field ... named all-district newcomer of the year, all-district player of the year, all-district offensive player of the year and all-district MVP in basketball during her four years (don't tell Coach Curry) ... was a regional qualifier in the 400M and high jump as a sophomore, was regional champion in the high jump and state runner-up as a junior, and regional and state champion as a senior ... she was a two-time all-state , prep all-american honorable mention.
She was most recently a member of the USA 2009 Women's Junior National Team (WJNT) ... see notes under 2008 year ... also
Born May 5, 1990 in Leander, to Sam and Rhonda Dowdy, both parents are entrepreneurs ... has two brothers, Sam and Dan ... her older sister, Michelle, passed away when Amanda was 9 ... wears her sister's initials on her shoes as Amanda plays in honor of and with dedication to Michelle.
CAREER HIGHS Kills: 37, vs. Colorado, 10/13/10 Total Attacks: 87, vs. Colorado, 10/13/10 Hitting Percentage (Min. 5 Kills): .571, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 9/19/08 Assists: 3, three times, last at Kansas State, 11/19/11 Service Aces: 4, vs. Jackson State, 8/30/08 Digs: 20, vs. Colorado, 10/13/10 Solo Blocks: 3, vs. Jackson State, 8/30/08 Block Assists: 8 vs. TCU, 9/12/08 Total Blocks: 8, vs. TCU, 9/12/08