Women’s volleyball team Grot Budowlani Łódź has won silver in the 2016 / 17 Orlen Liga (highest Polish women’s volleyball league) competition. In the final match of the season, which was held at the Azoty Arena in Szczecin, the Łódź team earned the fruits for their hard work throughout the season.
Emotions took over after the final set of the 2016 / 17 Orlen Liga was played. At the Azoty Arena in Szczecin, Budowlani Łódź met with Chemik Police for the second match of the two-match final series. Having lost the first match at home by 3:0, Budowlani went into the match with a clear disadvantage, however, no matter the result, the Łódź ladies knew that they already achieved great things, as for the first time in the history of the club, they won a medal not only for themselves, but for the fans and the city of Łódź.
Despite going into the match stronger and better organized than in the first of the final series, Budowlani could not turn things around and at the end of the match, it was Chemik Police who claimed the title of 2016 / 17 Polish champions by winning the match by 3:1.
With the match being finished, emotions took control of players and fans of both teams. While fans of Chemik celebrated their team’s victory, Budowlani players and fans celebrated their first championship medal in the club’s history.
There were tears of joy but also tears of sadness and gratitude as Budowlani’s captain, Sylwia Pycia, announced the end of her professional career. Pycia has been with Budowlani for 5 years, acting as a role model for young players and guiding the team as their captain. Following the match, Pycia was presented with a bouquet of flowers and an inscripted plate from her fellow players and the Budowlani fan club.
Chemik Police – Grot Budowlani Łódź 3:1 (25:19, 25:20, 22:25, 26:24)
MVP: Aleksandra Jagieło
Venue: Azoty Arena, Szczecin. Spectators: 5000