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Dowdy Finishes Fifth in Latest AVP Beach Event


Amanda Dowdy, seen here in 2011, recorded her best professional finish of her career last weekend at the AVP Milwaukee Open where she and teammate Nicole Branagh took fifth place.

July 9, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tech volleyball standout Amanda Dowdy recorded the best professional finish of her career last weekend as she and teammate Nicole Branagh wrapped the Milwaukee Open in fifth place.

Dowdy was pairing with Branagh, a 2008 U.S. Olympic Team participant, for the first time on the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Tour. The fifth-place finish garnered the tandem $5,200 worth of winnings in Dowdy's first true appearance on the tour.

"It was a great weekend and much credit goes to my partner Nicole Branagh," Dowdy said. "The Milwaukee event was packed with amazing volleyball and great fans. I am really excited to see what Nicole and I can accomplish this year and watch us grow as a team. The AVP Tour is the top professional circuit in the United States, and I'm looking forward to having a great rookie season and learning as much as I can from my great, veteran partner."

Dowdy, a four-year starter for the Red Raiders from 2008-11, will team with Branagh for the remainder of the AVP Tour before possibly stepping out for a few international events as well. Branagh participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has garnered 19 career titles on both the AVP and FIVB tours.

The Lexington, Texas native, who is now based out of Hermosa Beach, California, wrapped her illustrious career as a Red Raider in 2011 as the only two-time All-Big 12 first team selection in school history.

One of the most prolific attackers in program history, Dowdy recorded 1,495 kills over her career which still ranks second all-time at Texas Tech. Her name is also prominently featured in the Tech single-season and single-game sections of the record book.


 

 

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