Posted On: 06/25/20 10:07 PM


Before the season started in Fall, the Cardinal Mooney Cougars had their sights set on winning a State Championship. With a devastating 5 set loss to Ocala Trinity Catholic, the Cougars vowed they would never be in that position again. The day after the heartbreaking loss, Coach Chad Sutton said "my returning seniors texted me wanting to get back in the gym and practice to start preparing for next season. We had a pretty established culture and we just needed to keep building upon it and keep working hard."

The Cougars returned in the Fall with determination, playing one of the toughest schedules in the country. In Florida alone, there were 9 schools ranked in the top 25 in class 3-A. To be the best, you have to play the best in order to get to the top. Rising Senior Skye Ekes (committed to Florida State University) remembers how it felt to be so close to the state title and fall short. "The loss fueled us and made us work ten times harder. We worked all through the summer, morning and night, and through school season to win. Being able to grasp that state title was amazing."

Rising Senior

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