Back-row specialist expected to again push for time as either a libero or defensive specialist in 2006 ... will serve as co-captain in 2006 ... only had 10 reception errors in 288 chances ... set new career bests in most offensive/defensive categories in `05 ... has been one of the team's top reserves over the past three campaigns, contributing mostly as a back-row substitute, but also in the libero jersey at times ... possesses strong passing and defensive skills ... athletic, quick, and explosive ... at her best when being aggressive ... will be looked upon for veteran leadership ... the experience she gained in her first three years will benefit the team this year ... in 73 career games at libero (21 matches), has averaged 2.52 digs and 0.26 reception errors, holding opponents to a .184 hitting mark ... played on same club team, Tampa Bay Juniors, that produced former Irish standout Mary Leffers (1996-99) ... became the first Plant City native and first Durant graduate ever to win a monogram at Notre Dame in any sport ... sports same #11 jersey worn by such Irish standouts as Maureen Shea (1985) and Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92) ... three-year monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR (2005): Back-row regular played in every game this season and was a key contributor to one of the top Irish floor defenses ever ... began year playing mostly at libero, but has settled into a role as a defensive specialist on Sept. 18 ... ranked fourth on team with career-high 297 digs (2.40 per game) ... third on team in reception percentage (.967) and third in reception attempts (274) ... after the school record for low opponent ace average in the first 23 years of the program was 1.11 per game (in 1996), she has been a back-row regular on Irish teams that averaged 0.94 per game in 2003 and 0.96 in '04 before surrendering just 0.80 per game in '05 ... committed only 10 reception errors on the season and more than one in a match just once ... from Sept. 27-Nov. 18, made just one reception error in 18 matches and 61 games (106 attempts, .991) ... also was one of the reasons that this was one of the best defensive teams in Notre Dame history ... the Irish led the BIG EAST in digs in conference action (17.70 per game; runner-up West Virginia had 16.76) after never before placing higher than sixth ... Notre Dame also led the league in overall digging (18.01; best-ever finish is sixth) and ranked among the NCAA leaders for most of the season ... average ranked as second-best in program history (record is 18.25 in 1992) ... set career highs in service aces (14), kills (5), and points (19) ... played in career-high 124 games and started career-high 21 matches, usually when the Irish begin with Lauren Brewster's spot in the back row ... posted 10+ digs 14 times this season (27 times in her career) ... led Notre Dame in service ace-to-error ratio (1.88), with 17 aces and just nine errors ... was a key part of an Irish serving unit that has a service ace-to-error ratio of 0.758, which would rank as second in Irish history ... led Irish in aces five times in '05 ... appeared as libero in six of the first eight matches of season (20 GP), averaging 3.85 digs (77 total) and posting a .971 (3 RE, 107 attempts) reception percentage ... began the year with 13 digs against Michigan ... matched career high with team-best 20 digs and also took season-high 31 serves without committing an error in the five-game upset of #11 Texas ... followed that up with 18 digs against Arizona State ... came up big in Notre Dame's two upsets of Louisville (3.00 digs per game, 0.67 aces, 0 service errors, 34-34 receptions) ... had 11 digs, three service aces (no errors), and 18 receptions without an error in the regular-season meeting and then 16 digs (season high when not the ND libero), three aces (no errors), and 16 receptions without an error in the BIG EAST final ... posted 13 digs against Dayton in the NCAA first round ... served up an ace on ND's fifth game point in 32-30 game-two triumph against Northwestern in second round of NCAAs ... had a dozen digs five times (vs. Oklahoma, #6 Florida, Georgetown, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh) ... had 11 digs at Illinois State and 10 against Valparaiso ... took 10+ serves without committing an error on five occasions ... led the team with three service aces without an error in the NCAA Championship Round of 16 match against #12 Wisconsin.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2004): Back-row player who started season at libero, but then filled defensive-specialist role ... played in all but two matches (at Syracuse and Rutgers) and 103 of 112 games, registering 182 digs (1.77) ... earned first two career starts against Brigham Young and Wisconsin (NCAA second round) ... had 67 digs in final seven matches, an average of 2.48 per game ... also was Notre Dame's most-consistent server, leading Irish in serve percentage (361-371, .973) and ranking third in service ace-to-error ratio (0.80, 8 SA, 10 SE) ... top match of the season came at Long Beach State, piling up season-high 17 digs in helping Irish to first-ever win against the 49ers ... total was a career high when not donning the libero jersey ... notched 12 digs against Michigan State and matched that total vs. Northern Iowa ... registered 11 digs in BIG EAST title match against Pittsburgh ... added eight digs in NCAA first round vs. Valparaiso ... served as Irish libero in 15 of first 17 games of season ... sat out first two games in regular-season match vs. Valpo, but then registered six digs off the bench in final three games ... also had an ace against the Crusaders ... finished with nine digs, an assist, and an ace as a DS vs. Fresno State ... had eight digs against Sacramento State ... had season-best two service aces vs. South Carolina ... had five digs in three games against Seton Hall ... notched seven digs against Illinos State ... had nine digs and an ace against Connecticut ... notched eight digs vs. St. John's and Villanova.
AS A FRESHMAN (2003): Only reserve to see action in every match in 2003, becoming a regular contributor in the back row as a rookie ... was starting libero in nine of first 10 matches before becoming defensive specialist for remainder of campaign ... ranked fourth on team in digs (212/2.16) ... part of the 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 with season-high 20 digs vs. South Carolina ... had 42 digs (3.23) in Shamrock Invitational ... led team with three aces vs. Virginia Tech ... had 10 or more digs on nine occasions ... served up nine aces after moving out of the libero position ... peaked at end of the season, averaging 3.20 digs per game in the three postseason matches.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Two-time all-state selection at outside hitter helped Durant High School to three Florida state titles ... team posted undefeated records in 1999, 2001, and '02 ... did not lose a home match, keeping alive undefeated streak since Durant opened in 1997 ... also won four conference and four regional titles ... earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior ... served as team captain in '02 ... all-around athlete earned 10 varsity letters (four volleyball, four basketball, two track and field) ... three-time all-conference selection and three-year captain as guard on basketball team ... set school record in 400 meters (1:00) ... also participated in long jump, triple jump, and 1,600-meter run ... conference and regional champion as a sophomore ... was a member of National Honor Society, Senior Council, Peer Mediation, and Student Advisory Committee ... full name is Danielle Nicole Herndon ... daughter of Denise and Dwight Herndon ... youngest of two children ... born Aug. 3, 1985, in Plant City, Fla. ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Letters as a sociology major and supplementary major in computer applications.
Digs: 20, vs. South Carolina, 9-14-03 & #11 Texas, 9-3-05
Points: 4 vs. #12 Wisconsin (NCAA), 12-9-05
Assists: 4 vs. #12 Wisconsin (NCAA), 12-9-05
Aces: 3, 5 times (MR: vs. #12 Wisconsin (NCAA), 12-9-05
Attempts: 3 at N. Carolina, 10-21-03 & Villanova (Big East), 11-18-05
Matches With 10+ Digs: 27
Matches Leading Team in...aces - 9; digs - 2
Herndon's Career Statistics