C-USA Volleyball Player of the Year Award renamed to honor late Alyssa Cavanaugh

Jake Moore, Sports Editor

Conference USA has renamed its top volleyball award to honor WKU’s four-time AVCA All-American Alyssa Cavanaugh, the league announced on Wednesday. Cavanaugh passed away in December of 2020 after a battle with leukemia.

“We are tremendously grateful that the Conference USA volleyball player of the year award will be named in Alyssa’s honor,” WKU Volleyball head coach Travis Hudson said in a press release. “Alyssa is remembered for many things and certainly one of those is her greatness on the volleyball court. What an incredible honor to have this award be forever in her name.”

Cavanaugh, an outside hitter from Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from WKU in May of 2018 with a degree in recreational administration after guiding the Hilltoppers to a 123-17 record during her time on the hill. She ranks second in program history in kills (1,816) and third in kills per set (3.78) across 139 matches and 481 sets in her career. Cavanaugh was a regular on both the Dean’s List and the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll during her time at WKU.

Cavanaugh traveled overseas after graduation and competed in a professional volleyball tryout before being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Sept. 5, 2018. She received a bone marrow transplant from her father, Eric, on Feb. 19, 2019 before passing away in Louisville on Christmas Day of 2020 at the age of just 24.

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