Volleyball

Senior outside hitter Alyssa Cavanaugh hits the ball during WKU's game against LA Tech Sept. 29 at Diddle Arena. Cavanaugh earned her fifth career C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award on Monday after WKU extended its 30th straight conference win last week.

Former WKU volleyball star Alyssa Cavanaugh is finally headed home after being treated for Leukemia.

Leslie Cavanaugh, Alyssa’s mother, made the announcement via Twitter on Friday. The tweet included a list of things that had happened before they left including “goodbye hugs from medical staff.”

Cavanaugh announced she was diagnosed with Leukemia in September 2018 via Twitter. After her announcement, she received support from many members of the WKU community and the national volleyball community.

WKU hosted a bone marrow donor registry event in November 2018 in order to find a donor for Cavanaugh. This event gave those who wanted to help an opportunity to do what they could.

In January 2019, it was announced via Twitter by Cavanaugh’s mother Leslie that a donor had been found. Cavanaugh’s father, Eric, was an ideal donor.

Cavanaugh went into remission late in January, and she had her bone marrow transplant on Feb. 19.

While at WKU, Cavanaugh was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2014, a First-Team All-Conference member in 2015, the C-USA Player of the Year in 2016 and the C-USA Female Athlete of the Year in 2017. The Lady Toppers won the C-USA Tournament in each of her four seasons on the Hill.

News reporter Lily Burris can be reached at 270-745-6011 and lily.burris203@topper.wku.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @lily_burris.