Livin' The Dream

Amanda Dowdy announced on Tuesday her intentions to go pro and join Alemania Achen in Germany.

Many a college player dreams of going pro in their respective sport, but very few see that dream come true.

Amanda Dowdy is living the dream.

The two-time First Team All-Big 12 selection committed to playing overseas with the Alemannia Aachen professional volleyball team on Tuesday.

Dowdy said she always dreamed of playing professionally, and when the German club called needing an outside hitter, she jumped at the opportunity.

"I'm very excited," she said. "I'm very blessed to have this opportunity, and it's definitely a dream come true."

She finished second all-time on the career kills list for the Red Raiders and led the team to its best season in recent memory falling two games short of their first winning season in 10 years.

She said she does not know too much about her team, but her time she spent competing in the European Global Challenge last year will help her.

Being the only player who speaks English presents a road block for her, but she is excited about the opportunity.

"I know that I will be the only American," she said, "And I know that they are a very well supported team in the city that they're in and they pack out the house on their home games."

The change in venue will not be much of a problem for her. She said she is excited to get the opportunity to play for a new coach, and her time here at Tech prepared her for the change.

"I've played on different teams while I've been in college, so that's a good experience for me," she said, "And switching positions has been one of the best things that has happened to me as a volleyball player, and it's helped me come to know the game better."

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