Dakota captures Sectional volleyball championship


PECATONICA, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — The Dakota Indians continue to come through when the pressure is on. They did it again Wednesday night in winning the Class 1A Pecatonica Sectional Championship.

They defeated Galena 25-23, 24-26, 25-23.

“It took everything in us to make sure we could keep our concentration and to keep our composure especially when we were down 21-23, said senior setter Laura Rankin. It was huge for us to be able to have that mental mindset and that strength to come back from that.”

“I’m so proud of our team and I can’t wait for Friday, said junior outside hitter Tabytha Toelke. “I can’t wait for tomorrow’s practice. I’m literally just so amazed right now.”

“I knew they had so much more to give and tonight they gave it,” said Dakota coach Kim Toelke. “They just proved to me tonight that they have what it takes to be winners. I’m so proud of them.”

The Dakota students who attended the game all gathered on the court and surrounded the team after the game and chanted “We are Dakota! We are Dakota!”

Friday night they’ll all head to Freeport Aquin for Super-Sectional action against Newark.

Also Wednesday night Rockford Lutheran won the 2A Genoa-Kingston Sectional by defeating Lombard Montini 17-25, 25-19, 25-23.

Belvidere North won the 3A Crystal Lake South Sectional by defeating Crystal Lake Central 13-25, 25-23, 25-21.

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