Dowdy Signs Second Pro Contract to Play in Puerto Rico
Amanda Dowdy will head to Puerto Rico in December for her second professional season.
Nov. 27, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tec h volleyball standout Amanda Dowdy recently announced that she will be heading overseas for the second-straight winter to play professionally in Puerto Rico.
Dowdy, who exhausted her eligibility following the 2011 season, agreed to a contract with Gigantes de Carolina in the Liga de Voleibol Superior Femenino, which is regarded as the top volleyball professional league in the world.
One of the top players in school history, Dowdy will leave the U.S. in mid December for training camp, return home briefly for Christmas, and then travel back to Puerto Rico on Jan. 2 for the four-month season.
"I am so thankful for this opportunity to play my second professional season in Puerto Rico," Dowdy said. "It will be a huge test to my game and I am so excited for the chance to play in one of the most competitive leagues out there. I am very blessed to have this opportunity and I can't wait for the journey ahead."
Dowdy signed her first professional contract immediately following the 2011 season to play in Germany for Alemannia Aachen in the A-1 League. She then returned to Tech to complete her degree in exercise sports science this past summer while also playing in several beach volleyball tournaments.
The Lexington, Teas native wrapped her illustrious career as one of eight Red Raiders all-time to join the 1,000-kill club as she recorded 1,495 over four seasons which ranks second in program history. She also finished second all-time at Tech and 10th in Big 12 Conference history for career attempts after totaling 4,268 overall.
Dowdy, who also ranks among the school's single-season and single-match leaders as well, earned All-Big 12 first team honors following both her junior and senior seasons as she was the first Red Raider to receive the accolade twice in a career.
During her final season as a Red Raider, Dowdy paced Tech to a 15-17 record under then first-year head coach Don Flora, marking the program's most wins in over a decade. She led the Red Raiders in kills in all but two matches and totaled 22 double-doubles on the year.