He's often referred to by his own press as "the best libero in the
world" and "the boss of the French defense", but those
are titles, which sit uncomfortably with French libero
The 27-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 in 2002.
edged out Olympic champions
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
"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.
Henno was also present in the French team that ended the 2003 World
League tournament in tenth position and finished
runners-up in the Europeqn Championships the following
"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