Sabino was a Cinderella of sorts for most of Saturday's Warrior Invitational.
The Sabercats came into Saturday with a 7-21 overall record, but beat both Desert Christian and Desert View at Pueblo High School to advance to a championship bout with Catalina.
The Trojans ended that Cinderella story pretty quickly.
After Sabino jumped out to a small lead in the first set, Catalina took over the rest of the way and won 2-0.
"I think once we were down we just started serving well," Trojans senior middle blocker Packer Klein said. "And our communication was good."
Catalina won the tightly-contested first set 25-23 before a more dominant 25-16 clincher. The title gave the Trojans their third win of the day and sixth win in the two-day, 15-team boys volleyball tournament.
Catalina improved to 25-9 overall, but the tournament matches don't affect the Division I rankings. The Trojans are ranked 17th and should hold on for a state tournament berth.
"We're super excited about this," Catalina coach Heather Moore-Martin said. "We really worked hard all season for improvement in practice and they've done a really good job at that. They showed a lot of improvement this weekend."
The Trojans will try to use the Warrior Invitational victory as a springboard as they close out the regular season with three matches, including a May 1 showdown with Salpointe Catholic.
"I think it's a great momentum-builder because this week is so tough," Moore-Martin said. "We have three matches in a row and every opponent is really tough, so we're gonna need the momentum to carry us through the three matches."
Catalina will face Tucson High on Tuesday and Sunnyside on Wednesday.
"I expect to win," Klein said. "I expect nothing less from my team, we trust each other and I think that'll be our strong point going into state playoffs."