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Hubert Henno
 

 

 



He's often referred to by his own press as "the best libero in the world" and "the boss of the French defense", but that's a title, which sits uncomfortably with French libero Hubert Henno.
The 26-year-old, together with teammates, Frantz Granvorka and Stephane Antiga, was instrumental in France's first ever podium place at the World Championship in Argentina last season.
France edged out Olympic champions Yugoslavia in the battle to determine the bronze medal. It was an inspiring result considering the team's shock exit at the 2002 World League finals after they failed to win a set in the preliminary round and went home before the semifinals.
"We were very happy with this result," Henno said after the third-place playoff. "We played a great match and most of all, we had an excellent defense."

Henno received the Best Digger award at the Worlds and was picked as libero in the "Super Seven Selection" proving that he's hard to beat when it comes to the defensive game. Indeed, Henno has set new standards for the libero role, which has become increasingly central to the game since its introduction following rule changes in the late 1990s.

"You have to find your pleasure when digging a ball and sharing the intense joy of the attacker who finishes this action by a victorious attack," Henno has said of the libero role. Following three French national titles and a European Champions League victory with Paris-Volley, the 1.88cm Henno switched clubs last year and picked up a French Cup title with his current side Tours VB. 

Two years after making his debut in the French team at the European Championship in Vienna in 1999 he went on to collect the Best Receiver award at the 2001 Continental Championship in the Czech Republic. And with 89 caps to his credit, don't be surprised to see "the boss" adding another honor to his already impressive collection.