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Volleyball eliminates Michigan State, advances to second-ever Elite Eight

By Greg Garno, Daily Sports Writer
Published December 7, 2012

The set, and ultimately the game, never slipped away from the Wolverines, despite allowing the set to be tied at 24 again.

It was fitting, that Cross ended the game, leaping to spot the ball between all six Spartans on the court. The Wolverines stormed the court, building off their run that started in the regular season after losses to Illinois and Northwestern.

Michigan’s defense also game up in crucial situations, led by freshman libero Tiffany Morales, who finished with 19 digs while playing in her home state. Freshman middle blocker Krystalyn Goode also finished with five blocks to tie Cross for the team lead.

Michigan’ second-ever regional final is a product of a team that appears relaxed, with a perpetual smile.

“This is a really special team and I think we know how special it is,” Cross said. “We really, really get along and its something we’ll always remember.

“It’s great, but we’re not done. We have one more game to get back to the Final Four. We’re going back to Louisville.”