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   MUNCIE, Ind. - - For their efforts in guiding the Ball State women’s volleyball team to the CofC Holiday Inn Classic title, senior middle Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week and redshirt sophomore middle Hayley Benson (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) was named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week.

   Marx picks up MAC weekly honors for the second time in her career as she was also named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19, 2011. Benson is a first-time MAC award winner.

   Marx, who has named the Most Valuable Player of the CofC Holiday Inn Classic, averaged 3.36 kills and 0.79 blocks per set over BSU’s four matches last week, while hitting .453. In Ball State’s victory over SMU, Marx blasted a career-high 16 kills, while connecting for a career-best .667 (16-2-21) rate of success. She also tallied three blocks in the win to help the Cardinals post a season-best 17 team blocks on the day.

   In Saturday’s championship match victory over the College of Charleston, Marx tallied 11 kills while leading all players with six total blocks, including three solo stuffs. She opened the week with 10 kills in Tuesday’s sweep of IUPUI, while starting the CofC Classic with 10 kills versus UNC Asheville. She connected for .500 hitting percentages in both matches.

   Benson, who earned recognition on the CofC Holiday Inn Classic all-tournament team, led a strong Ball State effort at the net last week by averaging 1.57 blocks per set over the Cardinals’ four matches. She posted one of the most impressive blocking displays in program history in the win over SMU, racking up a career-best 14 total blocks, including career-highs of five solo blocks and nine block assists. The 14 total blocks tie as the most for a BSU player in a match in the rally scoring error and helped the team post a season-best 17 total blocks in the match.

   Benson, whose previous career-high for blocks was six in last season’s win over Bowling Green (Oct. 19, 2012), finished the week with seven solo blocks and 15 block assists. In addition to her play at the net, Benson averaged 2.21 kills per set and hit .441 (31-5-59) last week. Her best attacking effort came versus UNC-Asheville when she tallied nine kills and hit .692 (9-0-13).

   The Ball State women’s volleyball team will take its 12-3 overall record and nine-match winning streak on the road this weekend, when it opens MAC play at Eastern Michigan (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Central Michigan (Saturday at 7 p.m.).
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