Cuttino has sights set high

Girls volleyball star plans to make senior year memorable


Claire Smith

Senior Danielle Cuttino goes up for a spike against Speedway in the preseason scrimmage.

The lady Giants girls volleyball team is looking to improve from last year’s 7-24 record.

With five returning seniors, the girls have aspirations of going far this season. A key player returning to the team will be 6’4” middle hitter Danielle Cuttino

Cuttino is a three year varsity player and a second year captain, so her experience and leadership on the court will help the team this year. Her love of sports began at the age of four when her mother introduced her to sports. She began her love for volleyball when she started to play her seventh grade year.

Cuttino has committed to play at Purdue next fall.

“It was close to home so my parents could come see me play, and I want to play for the Big 10,” Cuttino said.

Before committing to Purdue, Cuttino  received offers from Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon and Kentucky.

“My second choice would have been Florida,” she said.

Madison Yoder, a fellow senior captain, is proud of the improvements Cuttino has made since they began playing together freshmen year.

“She’s really come a long way,” Yoder said. “She likes everyone to get pumped up and excited.”

The hard work and dedication Cuttino put into the team will help the team’s success this year.

Danielle’s sister, junior Shavona Cuttino, also plays volleyball alongside her big sister. Shavona enjoys playing alongside her sister.

“I think it’s cool and fun. She pushes me to be better,” Shavona said.

Danielle Cuttino also is a star on the girls basketball team. She has her sights set on state championship in both sports.