Purdue earns its 14th sweep of the season
The Boilermakers fell 3-1 to the No. 1 team in the nation
No. 17 Purdue hosts No. 1 Penn State on Friday at 8 p.m. ET
Purdue's defense holds strong in an off night for the offense
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Senior Night for Val Nichol & KiKi Jones (photos by Charles Jischke)
2016: Volleyball Magazine All-America Third Team ... Prep Volleyball Honorable Mention All-America selection ... AVCA First Team All-Northeast Region ... Unanimous All-Big Ten selection ... Big Ten Player of the Week and ESPNW Player of the Week, Sept. 12 ... saw action in all 33 matches, starting 32 after transitioning from middle blocker to outside hitter in the offseason ... paced the team with 4.11 kills per set, ranking third in the Big Ten and 39th nationally, while hitting at a .272 clip ... tallied double-digit kills in all but one match, including 20 or more seven times and a career-best 23 at Northwestern ... posted 27 team-leading kill totals ... hit at a .250 or better clip 19 times, including .300 or better 14 times and .400 or better six times ... hit at a season-best .613 clip (21K, 2E, 31 Att) in NCAA First Round against Iowa State ... put up 0.60 blocks per set, including five or more three times ... pulled up 64 digs, including career-best six at Illinois and at Maryland ... named Shamrock Invitational MVP.
2015: AVCA Honorable Mention All-America ... AVCA First Team All-Northeast Region ... started all 33 matches ... led team with 1.21 blocks per set, which ranks eighth among Big Ten players ... posted five or more blocks 14 times, including a career-best 10 at Maryland, which marked the first double-digit blocking effort for a Boilermaker since 2013 ... led team in blocks 23 times ... averaged 2.04 kills per set, while hitting at a .348 clip, which ranked seventh among league players ... posted double-digit kills in nine matches ... hit .353 in conference matches, ranking fifth in the Big Ten ... has hit at a .250 or better clip in 24 matches, including .300 or better 22 times, .400 or better 15 times and .500 or better nine times ... added 27 digs and four assists ... blocking helped hold opponents to a .191 hitting percentage ... named to LSU Tiger Classic all-tournament team.
2014: All-Big Ten Freshman Team ... saw action in 26 matches, starting 18 ... averaged 1.71 kills per set and put up a team-best 1.01 blocks per set, while hitting at a .291 clip ... registered a team-leading 1.18 blocks per set, while adding 1.85 kills per set and hitting .293 during conference play ... ranked 11th in blocks per set among Big Ten players during conference play ... led the team in blocks 10 times and kills once, while posting double-digit putdowns five times and managing five or more stuffs in eight matches ... hit at a .300 or better clip 13 times, including .400 or better nine times and .500-plus on seven occasions.
High School: A member of the U.S. Junior National team, which competed at the NORCECA Women's U-20 Championships in Guatemala in summer 2014 ... a first team All-America selection by prepvolleyball.com for her 2014 club season ... a member of the U.S. Youth National team, which finished second at the under-18 FIVB World Championships in 2013 ... a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection ... PrepVolleyball.com's No. 10 Senior Ace ... 2013 Under Armour second team All-America selection ... second team all-state selection as a senior ... one of Volleyball Magazine's 30 Underclassmen to Watch and one of PrepVolleyball's Top 50 Juniors ... earned all-county accolades as a junior ... named team offensive MVP as a sophomore and garnered special mention among the 2012 PrepVolleyball Soph 79 ... a three-year basketball letterwinner, earning all-state, all-conference and all-county honors ... named as a Junior All-Star her third season ... plays club volleyball for Circle City VBC.
Personal: Full name is Danielle Amina Cuttino ... born June 22, 1996 ... parents are Daniel and Tacila Cuttino ... has three sisters: India, Shavona and Divora, and two brothers: Elijah and Noah. Sister India plays volleyball at Vincennes ... plans to major in pharmacy.
Favorite sweet treat: Snickers
Favorite ice cream flavor: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite sport besides volleyball: Basketball
Favorite sports team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Favorite Athlete: Steph Curry
Favorite TV show: Teen Wolf
Favorite Movie: Twilight Series
Favorite Book: Willow
Favorite Musical Artist: Rihanna
Favorite type of pizza: Pepperoni, cheesy stuffed crust
Favorite Actor & Actress:Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie
Favorite Food: Fries
Favorite place on campus: AJ's
Favorite city: Anaheim, California
Favorite outdoor activity:Beach Volleyball
Favorite animal/furry friend: Turtles
Favorite class at Purdue: English
Favorite Purdue professor: Norma