The Volleyball ladies of Grot Budowlani Łódź are gearing up for what might become their toughest challenge of the season. Tomorrow evening (19.04.) Budowlani will meet with Chemik Police in the Orlen Liga play-off finals at the Azoty Arena in Szczecin.
It will be the moment of truth for Grot Budowlani Łódź. In just over 24 hours, they will play their last match of the 2016 / 17 Orlen Liga season. In the play-off finals, Budowlani will face current Polish champions Chemik Police at the Azoty Arena.
The two-match final series kicked off last Friday at the Atlas Arena in Łódź. Unfortunately, the first and vital home match was lost by 3:0, giving Chemik Police a great advantage in tomorrow evening’s match for the championship title.
However, hope is not lost yet. The Budowlani team has every reason to be proud. It has been 28 years since any women’s volleyball team from Łódź won a championship medal and this team did not just win a medal, they are definitely already Vice champions. While coming in second means you did not win, for the team, the fans and the city of Łódź, this is already a massive success.
While this season’s success might mark the beginning of a new era of women’s volleyball in Łódź, one era will be coming to an end after tomorrow’s match, the era of Budowlani’s captain Sylwia Pycia. Following five years in the Budowlani dress, the team’s captain has decided to end her professional career as a volleyball player. During her successful career, Pycia took to the court with the Polish national team a total of 145 times and won gold at the 2005 European championships. She has been with Budowlani Łódź since 2012.
Despite being 3:0 behind from the first match and Sylwia Pycia ending her career, Budowlani still has everything to play for. After all, they have come back from various difficult situations this season (cup semi-final against Impel Wroclaw). For the fans, the players are already heroes but with a little bit of luck, tomorrow’s match might have a different outcome than what the rest of volleyball Poland expects. Approx. 30 fans have taken up on the fan club’s offer and will be going on the long journey up north. For a Wednesday evening fixture and taking into consideration the long distance, 30 is a lot when compared to some of the regular matches throughout the season.
The final match at the Azoty Arena in Szczecin is scheduled to begin at 20:30 tomorrow. Live broadcast via Polsat Sport will start at 20:25.