WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Danielle Cuttino is selected as one of the Big Ten Conference's top 15 volleyball student-athletes heading into the 2017 season. Among the Big Ten's preseason predictions, coaches expect the Boilermakers to improve upon last year's finish in conference standings.
Cuttino's first nod to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team follows a season in which she was a unanimous pick as an All-Big Ten selection. Last season, Cuttino registered the eighth most kills ever recorded by a Boilermaker. With 530 kills, 4.11 kills per set, 78 total blocks and a .272 hitting percentage in the nation's toughest conference, the Indianapolis, Indiana, native was pegged as an All-American by Volleyball Magazine and PrepVolleyball.com and a First Team All-Region selection by the AVCA. Her kill total was the most of any other Big Ten student-athlete and ranked 15th in the nation while her kills per set average ranked her third in the conference and 39th in the nation. Cuttino posted those numbers in her first season competing as an outside hitter at the collegiate level after beginning her time at Purdue as a middle blocker.
Big Ten coaches predict the Boilermakers to finish four spots better than they did a year ago as Purdue is ranked sixth in this year's Big Ten Preseason Poll. The Boilermakers face each of the five teams seeded ahead of them at least once in 2017 and of that group, they only see Nebraska and Minnesota twice. Five of Purdue's seven contests against the predicted top five teams in the conference will be played in West Lafayette, Indiana, including the match against Nebraska in Mackey Arena on Oct. 14.
The Boilermakers have just one scrimmage left before the start of non-conference play as they will host the Black and Gold Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. ET. The following weekend, Purdue hosts Oral Roberts, Cleveland State and Alabama in the Mortar Board Premier, marking the start of the 2017 season.