Amanda Dowdy is a 4-time AVP Semifinalist and 2014 Newcomer of the Year. She grew up just outside of Austin, Texas, and was a collegiate indoor standout at Texas Tech University. There, she garnered All-Big 12 awards and set multiple records, including all-time career kills and most kills in a match. After college, Amanda competed professionally indoor in Germany and Puerto Rico. Shortly after her indoor career, she transitioned to the beach and quickly made an impact, debuting in 2014 as the AVP Newcomer of the Year. On the FIVB Tour, Amanda has won gold and bronze medals with Irene Pollock in 2018 and earned two silver medals with Corinne Quiggle in 2019.
Amanda is a newlywed and enjoys spending her time off with her husband, Bradley Lawson. They enjoy anything outdoors, visiting Brad’s family in Hawaii, and getting back to her roots in Texas. Amanda’s favorite memory in her career thus far is beating the reigning Brazilian World Champs in 2016 with Emily Stockman at the FIVB Fortaleza Open. Her favorite AVP memory is earning her first semifinal appearance with Heather McGuire in Chicago in 2015. Amanda is a small-town Texas girl who didn’t start playing beach volleyball until her early twenties. Her message to young athletes is that with hard work, determination, and a willingness to take chances, you can make your dreams a reality.