Dowdy Commits to Professional Contract in Germany|
Amanda Dowdy will continue her playing career in Germany beginning later this month.
Dec. 6, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech volleyball standout Amanda Dowdy committed to continue her career overseas Tuesday, finalizing a deal to join the Alemannia Aachen squad in Germany for the remainder of its season.
Dowdy will depart from the United States next weekend to join the team in Aachen, Germany in order to begin playing before the end of the month. The volleyball club is part of the A-1 League, which is highly regarded as the top professional association in Europe.
The Lexington, Texas native will remain with the team through April until she returns to Lubbock to complete the final few hours towards her degree in exercise sports science this summer.
"I am very grateful and honored that I get this opportunity to continue my career overseas," Dowdy said. "I am looking forward to experiencing new cultures and playing at the next level. This is obviously something I've dreamed of for a long time, and I can't wait to get started."
During her time as a Red Raider, Dowdy helped rewrite the school's record book, finishing second all-time in career kills and attempts while ranking among the top 10 in several single-season and single-match categories as well.
She led Tech with 454 kills this past season en route to earning All-Big 12 first team honors for the second-straight year, a feat that had not been accomplished previously in school history.
Regarded as one of the top attackers in the country, Dowdy helped push Tech to its best season in over a decade this season as the Red Raiders finished 15-17 overall. Dowdy posted double-doubles in 22 matches, moving her total to 36 for her career, while also leading the squad in kills in all but two contests.
"As a staff, we are thrilled for Amanda's high-end opportunity to play in an A-1 level professional league immediately," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We are proud of everything Amanda has accomplished in a Red Raider uniform, and we couldn't be happier for the opportunity and experience she will have playing overseas."
In addition to her work on the court, Dowdy was also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection, having recorded one of the top GPAs on the team.