By Greg Garno, Daily Sports Writer
Published December 9, 2012
They smiled as they had all season, as even the coaches knew they had accomplished something special.
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Freshman libero Tiffany Morales, playing in front of friends and family in her home state, bailed out Michigan when it needed her most. The Redondo Beach, Calif. native tallied 22 digs on a night where she was all over the court. Erwin, too, found herself doing more than hitting, contributing 16 digs of her own.
“Tiffany’s progression has been great,” Rosen said. “I thought last night she did an outstanding job of just positioning herself and making great defensive plays, and she definitely carried that through tonight. She’s been a huge defensive force for us.”
Dannemiller, who continues to be a catalyst for a team that wasn’t supposed to have a variety of options to pass to, finished with 59 of her team’s 66 assists on the night.
“Our setter, I thought tonight, set one of the best matches I’ve seen her set in her career,” Rosen said. “She put our hitters in great positions and made great decisions throughout the match that really allowed us to be successful.”
It’s likely Michigan, a team without a real star, will once again be underdogs when it travels to Louisville to face the Longhorns.
But that underdog mindset doesn’t exist anymore.
“It doesn’t matter because we’re such a great team,” Erwin said. “We don’t need our names out there because no matter what teams throw at us, 14 people are coming at them.”
They’ve done it to No. 9 Louisville and No. 2 Stanford, so why not again?
“We might not be the biggest names or the highest profile, but I think this a team that is playing as well as anybody in the country right now,” Rosen said. “And I’m excited about that.”