SARASOTA -- What happened in 2018 is gone and buried. New year, new team, new determination.

“There is no greater pain than what we went through a year ago,” Sutton said.

In 2018 it was heart wrenching 5 set loss to Trinity Catholic in the state championship. The 2019 Cardinal Mooney squad flipped the script and beat that same Celtics team in the semis last week. This was sweet victory for Chad Sutton's squad.

“Being able to go through there and get that made it a little sweeter,” Sutton said.

Junior, Ashley Skye Ekes lived through the heartbreak of last years loss. 

“Last year falling short, it was a horrible feeling, and this year if we are able to accomplish it, it is a memory I won’t ever forget,” Ekes said.

A lot can change with time.

“When you can talk to your girls and see the difference in their eyes from 12 months ago to now,” Sutton said.

They have been working all year to get back to this game. A 21-10 record, starving for that sweet win number 22.

 “They believe they can do, and know they can execute, it is awesome, it is just a different look,” Sutton said.

The 18 players and coaches on this Mooney team have the entire school captivated as they head back to the State final.

“I like going to school and getting everyone pumped about coming to the games, they just all love and being a part of the atmosphere here at Mooney,” Ekes said.

For the girls, one more hurdle to finish the mission, Westminster Christian.

“They have 27 wins; they made it to the State championship for a reason,” Sutton said.

The 3A State championship starts at 6:30 p.m on Saturday, November 16 at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena, in Fort Myers.