She came out of Cuyahoga Falls High School where she excelled in volleyball, basketball and track to earn a scholarship in volleyball at the University of Cincinnati. Tina lettered in 1984, ’86, ’87 and ’88 for the Bearcats. She had banner seasons in 1987 when she recorded UC’s seventh highest hitting percentage and was accorded a spot on the All-Metro Conference Tournament team. She finished her career ranked ninth on UC’s career assist and in service aces and was voted first team All- Metro Conference honors. In 2002 Cantu was inducted into the Cuyahoga Falls High School Sports Hall of Fame.