Aces Tennis League women’s teams hold awards ceremony and benefit in Solana Beach

By Karen Billing

Aces Tennis League held an award ceremony and charity extravaganza at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on Nov. 21.

Aces, started by Carmel Valley resident Shelley Susman, is in its second season and includes 35 women’s tennis teams in a “fun and fresh” format for summer and winter seasons.

“It’s already proving to be just what ladies league tennis is hungry for, competition but with camaraderie and great ‘sportswomenship,’” Susman said. “The new format is geared toward excitement and the ability to play two different doubles opponents in one match.”

The league includes local teams from Morgan Run Club & Resort, Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and Rancho Valencia, the newbie coming aboard for the winter season that begins Jan. 7, 2014.

Proceeds from the Nov. 21 event’s auction and fashion show from Del Mar Dress Company went to local charities Defenders of Wildlife, Wounded Warriors Tennis Program, Tennis 4 Anyone and Storefront Shelter, San Diego’s “only emergency shelter program for homeless, runaway, and ‘street’ youth.”

Susman said the Wounded Warrior tennis program at Balboa Tennis Club is a favorite. Members of the United States Professional Tennis Association offer free tennis clinics and camps to wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. Susman said it’s inspiring watching the country’s “protectors” have the opportunity to play tennis during a tough time of their life.

“I cannot tell you how rewarding this is to get involved and hit some balls and be part of this program,” Susman said. “They were there for us, now we will be there for them.”

The award ceremony honored the Aces summer 2013 division winners: Scripps (team captain Kellie Jaquez); Penny’s Nomads (captain Penny Yasuda); La Costa (captain Patricia Jones); and Lomas Santa Fe (captain Jackie Amato).

Aces is now registering teams for the winter season and Dec. 30 is the roster registration deadline.

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