Dowdy Named to All-Big 12 First Team for Second-Straight Year|
Amanda Dowdy was named to the All-Big 12 first team Monday afternoon.
Nov. 28, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior Amanda Dowdy was named to the All-Big 12 first team Monday as part of the conference postseason awards that were announced by the league office.
The selection marked the second-straight season Dowdy was picked on the first team by the Big 12 coaches, becoming just the first player in school history to earn first-team accolades twice in a career.
"This is an honor that is well earned for Amanda," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "She became a more complete player her senior year and that, as a coach, was fantastic to see. She was a six-rotation player throughout the year that could play every position, and she earned this award with her play."
Dowdy wrapped her illustrious career in scarlet and black with her best statistical year to date, finishing with a team-high 454 kills to go along with 50 blocks and 350 digs on the back row.
The Lexington, Texas native ended the year ranked fourth in the conference with a 4.12 kills per set average, while also posting 4.55 points per set which also ranked fourth overall. Dowdy was also a force on the back row, finishing with 3.15 digs per set that ranked just outside the league top 10 that is mainly includes of liberos.
In addition to being among the conference leaders, Dowdy also helped rewrite the Tech record book as she concluded the season ranked second in career kills and attempts, trailing only Kelly Johnson in both categories.
Her 454 kills tied Johnson's total from the 2004 season for seventh on the school's single-season chart, while her 1,376 attempts on the year matched Philister Sang (2005) for second all-time. Dowdy came close to entering the top 10 for single-season digs as well.
Dowdy recorded 22 double-doubles on the year, giving her 36 for her career. She also held or had a share of the team high in kills in all but two matches this season.
Under the leadership of Dowdy and fellow senior Karlyn Meyers, the Red Raiders finished the year 15-17 overall, marking the school's most wins since the 2001 season.