One of the best volleyball teams in America is starting their season by helping a former foe.
The seventh-ranked UK Kentucky volleyball will host a scrimmage against Western Kentucky Wednesday night, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Dunbar High School. The matchup will mark the beginning of head coach Craig Skinner’s 15th season.
Two years ago Skinner’s fourth-seeded club almost did not survive a home match in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament to the Toppers. All-American Alyssa Cavanaugh smashed the Cats in the first two sets, before UK made an impressive comeback to win in five. Now Cavanaugh needs help making a comeback of her own.
Last summer Cavanaugh was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Over the last year WKU has gone great lengths to help her find a bone marrow transplant donor. Wednesday night UK will due its part to raise funds on her behalf for the Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation. Admission to the match is free, but donations will be accepted at the door and orange t-shirts (the color used for those fighting blood cancers) will be sold with all proceeds benefiting the foundation.
“For someone who has given so much to the sport of volleyball in the state of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University, we hope that this small gesture of ours can go a long way in helping the fight against cancer,” said Skinner.
It’s heartwarming to see the volleyball community rally behind Cavanaugh, even after she terrorized opponents for years.