Dothan -- Providence Christian Volleyball star Elizabeth Dowd had made her college choice. Dowd on Wednesday signed a letter of intent with Shorter University in Georgia.
Dowd heads to Shorter after a standout career with the Eagles. She led Providence Christian to back-to-back Class 2A State Championships, earning State Tournament MVP honors both times.
“The highlight of my volleyball career was winning Providence’s first state title,” said Dowd. “And then to repeat the victory with my teammates this year. As a child, I watched my two older sisters play volleyball for PCS. I wanted to not only play for PCS, but to win the state finals. Personal achievements are nice, but there is nothing sweeter than achieving a goal as a team.”
Dowd was a force for the Eagles during her career, earning a starting spot on the varsity squad beginning in the eighth grade. During her time with the Eagles, Providence advanced to two state semifinals and three state championship matches, winning in 2011 and 2012.
Dowd earned Dothan Eagle Super 12 Player of the Year after her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Dowd put up huge numbers for Providence, with 117 Aces, 21 Assists, 565 Kills (team record), 44% Hitting (team record), 397 Digs and 18 Blocks.
“Elizabeth is an outstanding volleyball athlete with great skills,” said Head Coach Bill Oldfield. “But she is more than ‘skills’ to the PCS volleyball team. She is a team player and a winner. She has a great competitive character and does her best to make those around her better players.”
Now, Dowd is preparing for a new challenge, taking her game to the college level. Dowd says it's a dream come true.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to continue my volleyball career at the collegiate level with a group of girls who love the game as much as I do.”
State Representatives Honor Providence Christian Volleyball Team.
In October of 2012, State Representatives Steve Clouse (R) from Dale County and Paul Lee (R) from Houston County paid a visit to Providence Christian School. Clouse and Lee presented the Eagles Volleyball Team with a State Resolution, recognizing the team's 2011 Class 2A State Championship.
At the time, the State Reps said how great it would be to come back and do it again. Clouse and Lee got their wish.
Three months later, Clouse and Lee were back at Providence Christian, presenting another State Resolution to the Eagles. Providence won the 2012 State Title, finishing last season with just two losses.