Hinkle Called Up to USA U-23 National Team

Hinkle Called Up to USA U-23 National Team

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Sounders Women defender/forward Jaelene Hinkle was named to the United States U-23 National Team on Monday following her All-American season at Texas Tech. Hinkle will compete with other U-23 standouts under new U-23 Head Coach, Steve Swanson during the December 14-21 camp in Sunrise, Florida.

The U-23 event will run concurrently with a U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team camp and the teams will scrimmage against each other during the week.

CLICK HERE for more information on the U-23 National Team and this camp.

Prior to the camp announcement, the Texas Tech junior was officially named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America Third Team as announced by the organization.

Hinkle, a Denver, Colorado native and three-time NSCAA All-Region selection, is the second Red Raider to be named to the All-America team in as many seasons.

“We are thrilled that Jaelene has been named to the All-America team,” Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone said. “We see her play every day, so we’ve known since her freshman year what a special player Jaelene is. The 2013 season has been her best to date, so it’s fitting that she has been recognized.”

A standout defender and 2013 All-Big 12 First Team selection, Hinkle paced the Red Raiders with six assists in 2013 as Tech made its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. With the impressive season Hinkle moved into fourth all-time at Texas Tech in the category with 15 assists in her stellar career.

Three of her assists came in conference play and one came in a 3-0 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Red Raiders finished the 2013 campaign with an 18-2-3 mark which set a school record for most wins in a season, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA postseason.

Janine Beckie, Hinkle’s Sounders Women and Texas Tech teammate, joined her on the NSCAA All-Central Region First Team.

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