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 and joined the AVP Pro Tour. Learn more about Amanda here.
Who are your role models?
My brother, Sam Jr. and my parents
What are your pre-game rituals?
I always start with food & hydration. Fueling my body is important for my preparation. Then I go into my stretch and activate routine while listening to a more relaxed playlist on my phone. Chill music helps me center my focus on the match ahead and keeps my mind from getting too busy. I prefer it over hype music.
What is your favorite event location?
Chicago. (Austin, TX will soon be a favorite 😉 )