Wilmington, Mass.-based 3STEP Sports has acquired Academy Volleyball Cleveland (AVC), adding another nationally recognized club to its volleyball division.

AVC began in 2006 with five teams competing out of a high school gym. Over the years, the club has expanded to a program with 50 teams.

“We made the commitment and put in the work necessary to run a successful operation,” said AVC co-founder Paul Schiffer said in a statement. “Kids know that when they walk into our building they’ll be trained and given the chance to play against the best teams and athletes at the Open level. We’re proud that we’ve become Northeast Ohio’s premier volleyball club and we’re excited to grow the brand and join some of the most iconic clubs in the nation.”

“3STEP is synonymous with two things: professionalism and success,” AVC club director Meredith Rice said. “It’s our responsibility to provide our families with both of those things in whatever way we can. As we’ve reached the natural limits of what we can achieve in both of those areas on our own, it’s our great honor to partner with 3STEP to continue to advance the competitive experience for our athletes."