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Hinkle, Smith Named Preseason All-Big 12

Jaelene Hinkle and Tiffini Smith have been tabbed to the 2012 All-Big 12 preseason team.

All-Big 12 Preseason Team

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech sophomore Jaelene Hinkle and senior Tiffini Smith were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 soccer team as announced by the conference Thursday.

"We're very proud to have two representatives on the All-Big 12 Preseason Team," head coach Tom Stone said. "I think they chose wisely. Jaelene had a great freshman year, and this just shows what a great body of work Tiffini has put together over her career."

With two representatives, it marks the second consecutive season in which the Red Raiders have placed multiple players on the Preseason All-Big 12 team.

Hinkle emerged as one of the premier defenders in the Big 12 during her freshman campaign last year.

The Denver, Colo. native was a unanimous All-Big 12 Newcomer selection at the conclusion of the 2011 season while also being named second team All-Big 12 and third team NSCAA All-Central Region.

Smith enters the 2012 campaign after netting two goals and recording two assists during the 2011 season and will be one of the primary scoring threats for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech begins presason play with a match against Utah in Denver on Saturday while the regular season opener is scheduled for Friday Aug. 17.



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