Her personal highlight came on Sept. 19, when the 6 foot, 1 inch middle hitter was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the first time in her brief college career she was honored with a league award.
But soon after, Marx suffered a concussion during action and was forced to the sidelines. Unfortunately, she never re-gained her regular spot in the Cardinals’ playing rotation following the injury.
“I actually played less last year than I did my freshman season,” Marx said. “We had a transfer come in, a right sider (middle hitter), but then I got a concussion and missed a few matches and that changed my playing time. After that, coach (Steve Shondell) decided to stick with the new line-up. So I only got to play in certain spots.”
Despite playing in just 68 total games, Marx was third on the team with 64 blocks. She also contributed 114 kills on 274 total attacks.
While seeing her playing time diminish was tough to accept, Marx swallowed her pride and made the most of the situation. Team-wise, Marx enjoyed being a part of a Cardinals’ squad that finished second to Northern Illinois in the MAC’s West Division, and become the first BSU team in nine years to be selected to the NCAA Tournament.
The Cardinals’ tournament stay was short-lived, however, as they were eliminated by Louisville in the first round.
“It was a really cool experience, although it was disappointing we lost right away,” Marx said. “The last time they made it was 2002. They had some really good teams back then, but they kind of hit a rough stretch. Now under Coach, we’re building it back up.”
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