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.”
The Kingwood Park junior did what she’s done all season. Overmyer raced to every corner of the Curtis Culwell Center, reaching with every last inch of her five-foot-11 frame to make a play.
Overmyer was ready to sacrifice body to make a play on any ball every single play.
“She’s just the toughest kid I know,” Kingwood Park coach Kelly Miser said. “The way she sold herself out today for her team was just inspiring to watch.”
The ankle injury in hindsight became one that the two could laugh about as they sat in front of the UIL banner with gold state championship medals draped around their necks.
“I was dancing,” Overmyer said with a laugh.
“We were doing a team bonding event and she did a leap in the ballroom, now it’s funny,” Miser said as he looked over at the emotional leader of her Class 5A State Champion squad. “Luckily it was manageable.”
It was manageable enough to allow Overmyer to lead her team with 15 kills, six aces and five digs on the way to the program’s first-ever state championship.
The downright gutsy performance earned Overmyer the title of Class 5A State Championship Game Most Valuable Player.
Once she had the plaque, Overmyer returned to the line of her teammates, who swarmed around her in celebration.
“Makes you feel really loved,” Overmyer said. “They’re always supporting me, so it was really amazing.”