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Youth volleyball club fights back after sports complex plans to sell

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The directors of a youth volleyball program are fighting back after owners of the A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin tried to terminate their lease and sell the building.

“Is it a feud? I think it’s just a dispute of facts,” said Jeff Wismer, executive director of Alliance Volleyball Club.

Alliance Volleyball Club is one of the largest and most successful programs in Middle Tennessee. The club’s landlords at A-Game are trying to sell the building to a developer who plans to turn it into an office building.

Wismer said he’s not backing down.

“We currently have a lease, and that lease has been written by A-Game ownership, signed by A-Game ownership, and it extends until September of 2017,” Wismer said.

Since 2009, Alliance has rented courts from A-Game, where hundreds of local families bring their children to play volleyball. A-Game also hosts national tournaments, attracting thousands of traveling athletes and their families to Franklin.

“There just isn’t sports complexes across the country that look like this building, no less across our state,” Wismer said.

Finding another place to rent courts would have a devastating impact on Alliance Volleyball Club as well as local businesses.

“We really enjoy them being here,” said Heather McKissack with Jonathan’s Grille Cool Springs. “It was nervous for us because we want somewhere for these kids to come play. We want their families to be able to dine with us, and we want people to come into Cool Springs and this area.”

Channel 4 reached out to Trevin Townsend, one of A-Game’s owners, who declined our request for an interview.

Court documents from a recent hearing claim the building’s owners have incurred massive debt over the past few years, which is why they are selling the property. The documents also claim Alliance has violated the terms of the lease with late rent payments.

Wismer said all of that is just a distraction.

“Our business here is serving families. Our desire is to stay here at A-Game. We have leases that uphold our business and desire, and we plan on seeing this through,” Wismer said.

A chancery court judge in Williamson County will decide whether to uphold a temporary restraining order against the A-Game ownership group.

The group has said they plan to allow both Alliance and a hockey club to use the facility until the end of March.

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