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STATE CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL: Stories, videos and more from Kingwood Park's historic day

Kingwood Park made history.

The Panthers volleyball team became the first-ever Humble ISD volleyball program to climb the mountain and win a coveted state championship.

VYPE Houston Managing Editor Joshua Koch, VYPE Volleyball Insider Chuck Licata and VYPE Staff Photographer Bradley Collier were on hand in Garland to capture the historic moment. Check out VYPE Houston's stories, videos and photos from a historic day.

Kingwood Park players celebrate after a point during a 3-0 victory against Lucas Lovejoy. Photo by Bradley Collier/VYPE Media

Kingwood Park makes history - In more ways than one

By Chuck Licata

This was huge.

Like, 2007 Super Bowl huge: when the New England Patriots came into the game undefeated, but lost to the Eli Manning-led New York Giants.

Like, 2004 ALCS huge; when the Boston Red Sox tailed the New York Yankees 3-1 in games, and were down by a run in the ninth inning with two outs in Game 5 but Dave Roberts stole a base and launched a come back where the Sox won the game and the series, then went on to win the World Series.

Like, 2017 5A volleyball state title huge: when the top-ranked and heavily-favored Rouse Raiders held a 13-9 lead in the fifth and deciding set against Prosper, only to lose 15-13 in one of the most exciting finishes at state.

You get the idea.

Kingwood Park's three-set sweep (27-25, 25-22, 25-22) of top-ranked Lucas Lovejoy in the Class 5A state championship match WAS David beating Goliath - and even more so, like David taking Goliath to school.


Kingwood Park's  Libby Overmyer is named the Class 5A Championship Match MVP. Photo by Bradley Collier/VYPE Media

Overmyer Inspires Team To State Championship

By Joshua Koch

GARLAND – Nothing was stopping Libby Overmyer.

Not a sprained ankle. Not a back spasm suffered the day before. Not six-time state champion Lucas Lovejoy.

“We won, so I don’t need to complain about anything,” Overmyer, who had the championship-sealing kill, said. “I’m just so proud of my team and how we came together and fought for that game.

“Win or lose we needed to give full effort. So I was just going for it.”


Kingwood Park puts up the No. 1 as they celebrate the program's first-ever state championship. Photo by Bradley Collier/VYPE Media

FEATURE: Toppling the Giants; Kingwood Park beats three-straight former State Champions to win title

By Joshua Koch

GARLAND – To fulfill a goal that was written onto a white board in the depths of Kingwood Park High School inside head coach Kelly Miser's office before the season started, the Panthers would have to beat the best.

The best being three-straight former state champions in the final three matches of the year.

First, it was Friendswood (1994 Class 4A State Champion) in the Region III-6A Final inside Delmar Fieldhouse to punch its ticket to the state tournament for the first time.

Then it was Canyon Randall (2009 Class 4A State Champion) in the Class 5A State Semifinal match.


Kingwood Park's Katey Searcy serves up a ball during the Class 5A State Championship match. Photo by Bradley Collier/VYPE Media


The Final Point: Kingwood Park's Libby Overmyer lines up for the kill and ends the match as Kingwood Park defeats Lucas Lovejoy 3-0. Overmyer had 15 kills and six aces and was named the MVP of the state championship game. Overmyer was also named to the State All-Tournament Team.

Lift the Trophy: Kingwood Park receives the Class 5A State Championship trophy from Kingwood Park Principal Lisa Drabing as the team celebrates the first title in program and Humble ISD history.

It feels Golden: Kingwood Park receives their gold medals after defeating Lucas Lovejoy 3-0 at the Curtis Cullwell Center in Garland, Texas.

Kingwood Park High School - Volleyball
Kingwood Park High School - Volleyball
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