Ben El Hadj Comes Up Just Short at State

MSJC women's tennis player Amal Ben El Hadj came up just short of taking home the State individual tennis title on Saturday as she fell in the finals 6-2 and 6-3 to Cartoon Phukchampa of De Anza College.

Ben El Hadj, who won the Southern California Regional Tournament last week, advanced to the finals with three straight set victories. Along the way to the finals she had lost no more than two games in any set. Ben El Hadj led in the second set of the finals 3-2 before Phukchampa went on a run to win the final four games of the match. Ben El Hadj is the first MSJC women's tennis player to advance to the state championship match.

Over the weekend Ben El Hadj also teamed up with Nicole Leesley to compete in the doubles competition, but the Lady Eagle pair lost in the first round 6-7 and 2-6 to a team from De Anza College.