Amanda Dowdy was a four-year starter at Texas Tech. She was selected the 2008 All-Big 12 Freshman of the Year and earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors in both 2010 and 2011. In 2010 she set the school record for most kills in a match with 37 against Colorado. She left as the all-time kill leader for the Red Raiders.
Following college she played professionally indoors for the Bundesliga in Germany in 2011-12, then played professionally in Puerto Rico in 2013. She began playing beach volleyball in 2012 to stay in shape for indoors, but in the summer of 2013 decided to only pursue beach volleyball. She was chosen for the 2013 U26 USA Elite Eight team, then became a member of the 2014 USA Elite Development Program.