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Defending Big 12 regular season champion West Virginia came in at No. 1 in the Big 12 preseason poll receiving seven first-place votes. Texas Tech was second with two first-place votes. Just three overall points behind the Red Raiders, Baylor ranked third.
West Virginia landed a league best five players on the 2013 All-Big 12 Preseason Team while Texas Tech and Baylor both placed a pair on the team. Forward Janine Beckie (Texas Tech), defender Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech) and forward Kate Schwindel (West Virginia) all earned All-Big 12 First Team honors last season while Kat Ludlow (Baylor), Abby Smith (Texas) and Frances Silva (West Virginia) garnered second team accolades.
Baylor, Texas Tech and West Virginia are all coming off NCAA tournament appearances. The 2012 Texas Tech squad was the first in school history to make the field of 64.
BU and TTU are ranked in the NSCAA preseason poll. The Bears came in at No. 13 while the Red Raiders start the season at No. 24. Also receiving votes is West Virginia.
All nine Big 12 soccer teams will begin the 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 23.