On Christmas Day, the Louisville volleyball community was hit with a tragedy. Former Assumption High School and Western Kentucky standout Alyssa Cavanaugh died three days ago after a two-year fight with cancer. Before she left, she made a lasting impact — on and off the court. “Courageous as she was — fighting it herself — there’s no doubt she was willing to help anyone else when she could,” Assumption High School head volleyball coach Ron Kordes said. Former Assumption volleyball star Alyssa Cavanaugh brought the same tenacity fighting cancer as she did when she was on the court, according to Kordes. After her high school career, she played at Western Kentucky — where she dominated on the court and helped transform the Western Kentucky volleyball program. “She was Ms. Everything at Western,” Kordes said. Her last season at Western was in 2017, and even though her last game was three years ago, her success is still talked about in Bowling Green. “She impacts our program to this day,” Western Kentucky head volleyball coach Travis Hudson said. “Her name comes out of my mouth almost daily.”Both her former coaches mentioned how she was the ultimate team player. “She was the kid that changed. She was the kid that became so much more than a volleyball player,” Hudson said. “Those are the things that I will forever be the most proud of.”While in Bowling Green, Cavanaugh was a four-time All-American, played in four NCAA Tournaments and was named Conference USA Female Athlete of the Year — just to name a few of her many accomplishments. Her dream of playing pro volleyball ended when she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018. All while she was battling the disease, Kordes said she found the strength to help a fellow volleyball player. “We had a younger player in Assumption’s program who had been diagnosed with cancer,” Kordes said. “She had met with her and talked with her and told her it was all going to be OK, and in her case it has been.”Kordes says that player is currently in remission. Cavanaugh fought cancer the same way she played, with everything she had.

On Christmas Day, the Louisville volleyball community was hit with a tragedy.

Former Assumption High School and Western Kentucky standout Alyssa Cavanaugh died three days ago after a two-year fight with cancer.

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Before she left, she made a lasting impact — on and off the court.

“Courageous as she was — fighting it herself — there’s no doubt she was willing to help anyone else when she could,” Assumption High School head volleyball coach Ron Kordes said.

Former Assumption volleyball star Alyssa Cavanaugh brought the same tenacity fighting cancer as she did when she was on the court, according to Kordes.

After her high school career, she played at Western Kentucky — where she dominated on the court and helped transform the Western Kentucky volleyball program.

“She was Ms. Everything at Western,” Kordes said.

Her last season at Western was in 2017, and even though her last game was three years ago, her success is still talked about in Bowling Green.

“She impacts our program to this day,” Western Kentucky head volleyball coach Travis Hudson said. “Her name comes out of my mouth almost daily.”

Both her former coaches mentioned how she was the ultimate team player.

“She was the kid that changed. She was the kid that became so much more than a volleyball player,” Hudson said. “Those are the things that I will forever be the most proud of.”

While in Bowling Green, Cavanaugh was a four-time All-American, played in four NCAA Tournaments and was named Conference USA Female Athlete of the Year — just to name a few of her many accomplishments.

Her dream of playing pro volleyball ended when she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018.

All while she was battling the disease, Kordes said she found the strength to help a fellow volleyball player.

“We had a younger player in Assumption’s program who had been diagnosed with cancer,” Kordes said. “She had met with her and talked with her and told her it was all going to be OK, and in her case it has been.”

Kordes says that player is currently in remission.

Cavanaugh fought cancer the same way she played, with everything she had.

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