Team Rallies Around Teen Saved By Missing Hero

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    Jessica Eung on the court in better days

    The teammates of Jessica Eung, who owes her life to her heroic boyfriend, who was last seen off the coast of Torrey Pines, are back on the court, hoping for the best for their friend.

    Troy Le was last seen Saturday pushing a boogie board toward his girlfriend, who was caught in a powerful rip current. Le didn't know how to swim. More than two dozen divers searched for Le's body offshore Wednesday before the search was called off.

    Jessica Eung is a star player with the Grossmont College women's tennis team -- part of the first double team. The players were back at practice for the first time today since the incident.   

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    "It's very tough for everyone -- just my prayers and thoughts for the family, for Jessica, we're just supporting her any way we can," said team captain Madlyn Jacobs.

    On Wednesday, Jacobs held a teddy bear signed by the by the team that they plan on giving to the teen when she's out of intensive care. Eung's coach, Megan Haber, said Jessica is full of energy and spunky, and that the mood of the team is up as much as possible.

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    Jessica Eung is officially listed in critical condition in La Jolla at Scripps Memorial Hospital's intensive care unit, but across town at Grossmont College her friends are receiving messages of hope.

    "The girls, as hard as it is, have really come together," Haber said. "We're trying to keep everything the same as it can be in this position. We think about Jess, everything's for Jess right now and we're going to continue staying focused on the court as well as keep our focus off the court."

    Haber said the team will stay strong for the girl they call Baby G and Jumping Bean, who's a freshman. The coach added that she and the team hope to have her back on the court this season, or next season at the latest.

    In other developments on Wednesday, Le's family asked the public for help in their search for the missing teen. They said they are meeting at 6 p.m. every night at Torrey Pines State Beach to help search for his body because they believe it may be washing up onshore any day now. They said they need help to cover the long stretches of beach.

    The family will meet at Tower 2 on Torrey Pines State Beach every night for the next week or until Le's body is recovered. They are asking people to bring flashlights.