Henican's Career Bests
One of the best defensive players ever to don an Irish uniform could be one of the nation's top liberos in 2005 ... welcomes classmate Lauren Brewster as a fellow captain this season after filling that role alone in '04 ... stands as the 10th multiple-year captain in program history, including one of just four to have been a solo captain in at least one of those seasons ... outstanding all-around player has been a starting outside hitter at various points during her career, but has seen her most-impressive performances come while wearing the libero jersey ... could fill either spot in 2005 ... has shown signs of being a very strong outside hitter ... as a junior, broke Notre Dame records for digs in a season (553), season dig average (4.94), digs in a match (37, 10/10/04 vs. Seton Hall), and digs in an NCAA-tournament match (27, 12/3/04 vs. Valparaiso) ... also combined with Adrianna Stasiuk for 884 digs, the most-ever by ND teammates in a season ... needs 485 digs in her final season to break the Irish record for career digs (1,640 by Christy Peters) ... career dig average of 3.81 currently stands as tops in program history (Peters is next at 3.72) ... has had 10+ digs in 63 matches, including 60 of the last 65 (and 26 in a row and 38 of the last 39) ... has had 20+ digs 17 times ... has played in each of the last 239 games, the longest streak ever by a Notre Dame player ... played in every game in both 2003 and '04, becoming just the second Irish student-athlete to see action in every game in multiple seasons (also Kristen Kinder in 2001 and '03) ... excelled in '03 in first season playing mostly libero, finishing with 419 digs (5th on all-time list) for an average of 3.84 per game (4th) ... had 24+ digs in three-game matches five times in 2004 after that had been done just twice in the previous 24 years of Irish volleyball ... a cornerstone of Notre Dame's serve-receiving unit that has posted the top two seasons in school history over the last two campaigns: 0.94 aces against per game in 2003, 0.96 in '04; previous record was 1.11 in 1996 ... fiery player who provides strong floor leadership ... boasts incredible work ethic and desire to improve ... competitive and focused ... the team's steadiest passer ... very consistent player in both practice and matches leads by example ... has proven to be Notre Dame's best player in big matches, showing an ability to raise her game ... averaged 5.13 digs (195 in 38 games) in 11 postseason (BIG EAST and NCAA tournament) matches during her first three seasons ... also has been particularly effective vs. one of the program's biggest rivals, Pittsburgh, against whom she is averaging 6.00 digs per game over five matches ... stands as the only Isidore Newman High School graduate ever to win a monogram at Notre Dame in any sport ... was listed #26 on Volleyball magazine's "Fab 50" list of top high school seniors ... sports same #4 jersey worn by such Irish standouts as Jaimie Lee (1994-97) and Kristy Kreher (1998-2001) ... three-year monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR: Turned in the top defensive season ever for an Irish player in 2004 ... finished with 553 digs (4.94) to break 11-year-old school record for digs in a season (500, Christy Peters in `93) ... also shattered record for dig average (was 4.10 by Peters in '93) ... broke 12-year-old Notre Dame record for digs in any-length match, with 37 at Seton Hall on Oct. 10 in a four-game match ... also set Irish record for most digs in an NCAA-tournament match, scrambling for 27 in the opening round against Valparaiso ... became just the ninth Irish player ever - and first since 1998 - to register 1,000 career digs, on Nov. 14 vs. West Virginia ... averaged 6.00 digs per game (third in BIG EAST) in conference action, a mark that had never been accomplished by any league player prior to 2004 ... notched 15 or more digs in seven of 10 league matches, including four outputs of 24 or more (three of them coming in just three games) ... helped Irish hold BIG EAST opponents to a .134 hitting percentage, by far the best in the conference (Syracuse was second at .174) ... became just second libero ever to be named the BIG EAST Player of the Week, earning the distinction on Nov. 1 after helping Notre Dame to a pair of 3-0 road victories in league action and averaging 6.33 digs per game, as opponents hit only .116 ... led team for second straight year in digs and dig average, coming in third in the BIG EAST despite not playing libero in five matches ... boasted 5.19 dig average in 25 matches (91 games) as Irish libero ... was in double digits in digs in 29 of 30 matches (26 in a row), hitting the 20-dig plateau 13 times after doing so just four times in her first two collegiate seasons ... led team in digs in 27 of 30 matches ... core of Irish defense that allowed opponents to hit just .180 ... Notre Dame held opponents under .200 hitting 18 times and under .100 on five occasions ... opponents hit over .265 just five times, with two of those instances coming without Henican as the libero ... Irish allowed opponents to hit .167 with Henican at libero and .236 with anyone else in that position ... key cog in Notre Dame's serve-receiving unit that surrendered just 0.96 aces per game, the second-best mark in history (behind the 2003 team's 0.94, which also was due largely to Henican's skills) ... committed only 37 reception errors, or one every 3.03 games ... committed multiple receiving errors in a match just six times ... combined with Adrianna Stasiuk for 884 combined digs, the most ever (by a single dig) by Irish teammates in a season (record was 883 by Jessica Fiebelkorn and Christy Peters in '92) ... set then-career high with 26 digs against Sacramento State, posting the second-highest total ever for an Irish player in a three-game match ... also had 26 digs in three games against Villanova, holding Wildcats to .007 hitting ... averaged 8.17 digs per game in leading Notre Dame to an impressive final weekend of conference action, in which the Irish did not drop a game in beating rival Pittsburgh and West Virginia to claim the regular-season conference title ... helped Irish limit those teams to .119 hitting mark, including .127 by the Panthers, which had been the top offensive team in the league ... had 25 digs vs. Pittsburgh and 24 against WVU ... accounted for more than 40 percent of her squad's digs, as Notre Dame outdug the top digging team in the BIG EAST, West Virginia, by a 58-45 margin ... also had 25 against Panthers in the BIG EAST title match, to average 8.33 digs per game in two matches vs. Pittsburgh (which hit just .158 vs. ND) ... notched double-double in season opener vs. Loyola Chicago with 10 kills and 22 digs to go with a career-high four service aces and three blocks ... had another double-double in Notre Dame's five-game loss to #2 Nebraska, finishing with 11 kills and 15 digs to go with five assists ... corralled 20 digs against Valparaiso before switching out of the outside-hitter role ... notched 22 digs against Fresno State in first match as Irish libero ... registered 17 digs in three games at Cal Poly, holding Mustangs to .044 hitting ... finished Cal Poly Invitational with 5.91 dig average (65 digs, 11 games), which was by far the best of any player in the tournament (next-best average was 5.27) ... notched 15 digs in each match of Gamecock Invitational (vs. Michigan State, at South Carolina) and also had five service aces (2 vs. MSU, 3 vs. USC) ... had 16 digs in helping Irish limit Syracuse to .017 hitting ... registered 22 digs against Northern Iowa ... had 20 in BIG EAST semis against Boston College before notching 25 vs. Long Beach State ... started first four matches at outside hitter before injuries forced her into the libero jersey ... returned to outside hitter vs. Michigan before redonning the gold jersey ... in 21 games (five matches) as an outside hitter, averaged 1.81 kills on .071 hitting to go with team-high 3.86 digs and 2.33 points ... averaged 5.65 digs per game over final month of the season and 6.07 in four postseason matches ... averaged 5.35 digs per game while holding opponents to .146 hitting, as Notre Dame went 6-0 in neutral-site matches ... her digging was often indicative of Notre Dame fortunes, as she averaged 5.52 per game in victories and 3.76 in defeats ... averaged 6.08 digs per game in 12 matches against the AVCA's Northeast Region.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Versatile player was a major factor for the Irish in 2003 ... served as top libero in final 20 matches after beginning season as starting outside hitter ... played in all 109 games ... became just the third player in Irish history to register 400 digs in a season, joining Jessica Fiebelkorn and Christy Peters, who did it twice each ... averaged 4.23 digs after becoming starting libero on Sept. 26 ... had 15 digs or more in eight of last nine matches and 13 times overall ... led team (419/3.84) and was fourth in BIG EAST in digs ... in league matches only, ranked fifth (171/4.07) ... her dig average was the third-highest for a season in Irish history at the time, while her total was fourth-highest ... combined with teammate Jessica Kinder to be fifth-most-prolific digging duo in Irish history (773 digs) ... tied for third on team in assists (66/0.62) ... a major reason Notre Dame set school record for fewest service aces allowed per game (0.94), shattering the previous mark of 1.11 ... key to the unit that held BIG EAST opponents to a .134 hitting percentage, the best mark in the league ... led Irish in digs 21 times ... had 10 or more digs in 27 of 30 matches, including 12 in a row to end the season ... had 12+ on 19 occasions ... helped team outdig opponents (15.71-15.44) and hold foes to .159 hitting and 0.86 ace average after becoming top libero (opponents held 16.17-15.00 dig advantage to go with .178 hitting and 1.11 ace average prior to the switch) ... posted second career double-double vs. Utah, with 11 kills and 14 digs ... had 20 digs at Connecticut ... notched 19 digs vs. North Carolina ... against Illinois State, registered 15 digs in first two games before finishing with 17 in the three-game match ... posted 15+ digs in five consecutive matches from Nov. 7-16, culminating with then-career-high 25 at Pittsburgh ... had 21 vs. the Panthers in BIG EAST final ... in two matches against Pittsburgh, averaged 5.75 digs (46 digs, 8 games), outperforming BIG EAST Libero-of-the-Year Megan McGrane, who averaged 3.75 (30 digs) ... peaked at end of season, averaging 4.86 digs per game in final eight contests, including 5.40 in the three postseason affairs ... at outside hitter, averaged 1.39 kills, 0.53 assists, 0.33 aces, 3.25 digs, and 0.58 blocks ... posted 4.15 dig average against NCAA-tournament qualifiers and 4.21 mark vs. RPI top-50 teams ... averaged 4.62 digs per game in Notre Dame's seven defeats.
AS A FRESHMAN: Flashed the ability to perform at high levels both on offense and defense ... defensive prowess dictated a move to libero in the last 1/3 of the season ... appeared in 29 of 32 matches, starting two, and played in 82 of 113 games ... recorded first career kill in first collegiate match, vs. UW-Milwaukee ... enjoyed the top effort of rookie season against Providence, posting her first double-double with 13 kills and 18 digs (along with three blocks and three assists) ... hit .409 against the Friars (13-4-22) ... solid on defense throughout the season, putting up seven double-digit dig performances ... appeared at libero several times during the season, including her stellar 23-dig performance against Charleston in the NCAA Championship ... the 23 digs were not just a season best, but ended up as the top single-match performance on the team in 2002 ... also had 17 digs against Connecticut in the BIG EAST Championship and 14 digs against the Huskies during the regular season ... compiled a four-match run of double-digit dig performances from Nov. 17 through Dec. 7 (14 at Virginia Tech, 17 vs. Connecticut, 11 vs. Miami vs. Charleston).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-sport standout at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, La. ... earned four letters in volleyball, soccer and track and field ... ended up with four state-championship titles (one in volleyball, three in soccer) ... listed at #26 on Volleyball magazine's "Fab 50" ... Student Sports Magazine All-American in 2001 ... earned AAU volleyball All-America honors in 1995, 2000, and `01 ... named Gatorade Louisiana High School Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001 ... 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl Female Amateur Athlete of the Year ... Louisiana State Championship Most Valuable Player in Division IV in 1999 and 2000 ... competed in high jump on the track and field team and was a goalie for the soccer team ... volunteered with the Salvation Army and founded the Newman School chapter of the ARC ... football player Al Ecuyer (`59) and basketball All-American and NBA player Donald Royal (`87) among other former New Orleans natives to play for the Irish ... sister Colleen played volleyball at Purdue ... grandfather Ellis competed in basketball, baseball, football, track and field, and tennis at Tulane ... daughter of Marge and Joe Henican ... full name is Margaret Anne Henican ... last name is pronounced HENN-ih-kin ... born July 21, 1983, in New Orleans, La. ... named a BIG EAST Conference Academic All-Star in 2004-05 ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing and sociology double major.
Henican's Career Bests