Three Red Raiders Join U.S. Team Camps
Three Red Raiders are currently representing Texas Tech at U.S. National Team Camps.
May 16, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - A contingent of three Red Raiders continue to represent Texas Tech on the elite level this week at two separate U.S. National Team camps. Sophomore Jaelene Hinkle and junior Hayley Haagsma are in the midst of training with the U.S. U-23 National Team Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif, while freshman Janine Beckie will join the U.S. U-20 squad on a European Tour.
Beckie is set to depart with the U.S. U-20 National Team for Sweden next week.
"It's exciting to have three players being brought into national teams," head coach Tom Stone said. "I am certain that each will respond well to the high level environment."
Hinkle and Beckie were both named to All-Big 12 First Team in 2012 with Beckie going on to earn All-America honors and Hinkle earning NSCAA All-Central Team honors for the second consecutive season as an elite defender.
Hinkle was tabbed earlier this spring as one of the top-10 returning defenders in the country by Top Drawer Soccer, and returns to the U.S. National Team scene after being selected to the U-17 U.S. Player Pool in 2010.
"It's great to see Jaelene back in camp after such an outstanding sophomore season." Stone said. "She was fantastic this spring again, and is definitely ready for this."
Beckie twice trained with the U-20 Team this spring at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
"It's an opportunity to further her chances of making the U20 World Cup team next year," Stone said. "Every camp is crucial."
Haagsma meanwhile established herself as one of the top center backs in the Big 12 this season and was pivotal in the Red Raiders' run to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She started in all 23 matches and logged a team-high 2,032 minutes.
"Hayley has developed into a high level center back, and has worked very hard on her game over the last three years," Stone said. "This is her first national team camp, and a well-deserved opportunity."
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