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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 4 78 BY KYLE CHARTERS W hen Danielle Cuttino was a junior in high school, she was a member of the U.S. Youth National Team, playing in a tournament in California. And there, she ran into the senior team. "We were just watching them practice. We were in the same outfits as them, we have the same (USA) gear on," the Indianapolis native said. "Obviously, they were the national team and we were the youth national team but we were like, 'Wow that could be us.' It was cool to see." And a dream was born for Cuttino, one that is proba- bly closer than ever to coming true. Playing for the U.S. National Team likely won't happen this summer — only a rookie following an All-America career at Purdue, she'll likely need to gain overseas professional experi- ence — but it's a possibility. Cuttino, an outside hitter, and former teammate Ashley Evans, a setter, will head to the U.S. training facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., in March, where they will train with Coach Karch Kiraly, then go again following graduation in May. After that, Cuttino and Evans will head overseas to play professionally at yet-to-be-determined locations, although probably in European or Asian league, places considered top destinations for pro volleyball. Turning Pro Purdue soon will have four former players in professional ranks Charles Jischke / Purdue Athletics Danielle Cuttino hopes that overseas professional experience will ultimately land her on the U.S. National Team.

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