Impel Wrocław

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Impel Wrocław
Full nameVolleyball Wrocław Spółka Akcyjną
Founded1945
GroundHala Orbita,
Wrocław, Poland
(Capacity: 3,000)
ChairmanJacek Grabowski
Head coachMarek Solarewicz
LeagueOrlen Liga
2016–174th
WebsiteClub home page
Uniforms
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Away
2016–17

Impel Wrocław is a Polish women's volleyball club based in Wrocław and playing in the Orlen Liga.

Previous names[edit]

Due to sponsorship, the club have competed under the following names:

  • KS Gwardia Wrocław (1945–1990s)
  • ZEC ESV Gwardia Wrocław (1990s–2004)
  • ZEC SV Gwardia Wrocław (2004–2006)
  • Dialog Gwardia Wrocław (2006–2007)
  • Impel Gwardia Wrocław (2007–2012)
  • Impel Wrocław (2012–present)

History[edit]

The club was established in July 1945 as the police sports club and was named Klub Sportowy Gwardia Wrocław. It offered many different sports (at its peak in the 1980s it had 19 sports departments) and volleyball has always been one of its most important departments. It gained importance in the 1990s when women's volleyball started to become professional in Poland. That commercialization brought sponsors (the club has been renamed few times through the years) and investors. The club first played in the highest Polish Women's Volleyball League in 1999 and has also participated in European competitions (Top Teams Cup and Challenge Cup).[1]

2010–2011 season[edit]

Since the new season there was more money in the budget. Impel Gwardia Wroclaw could afford good athletes. The top athletes in the club: Katarzyna Mroczkowska, Bogumiła Barańska, Joanna Wołosz, Monika Czypiruk, Zuzanna Efimienko, Dominika Sobolską, Ola Krzos have been preserved. The team left Olga Owczynnikowa, Aleksandra Szafraniec, Marta Czerwińska. Another player- Agnieszka Jagiełło ended his career volleyball. There have been interesting transfers. The team joined Anna Witczak of Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro Muszyna, Ewa Matyjaszek and Maja Tokarska of PTPS Piła, the sister of Dominika Sobolska - Marta and returning after maternity leave Katarzyna Jaszewska. Additionally there was a change on the coach of physician coach- Christian Verona, who worked last season with the club Monte Schiavo Banca Marche Jesi. Ultimately, the team finished the game on the 5th place.

2011–2012 season[edit]

In 2011 the owner of the Impel Gwardia Wrocław became Impel S.A. The investor responsible for the team supervision is Impel Volleyball S.A.- the company belonging to the Impel Group. The core team from last season: Katarzyna Mroczkowska, Bogumiła Pyziołek or Anna Witczak hasn't been changed. The contract with the club has also renewed Katarzyna Jaszewska – Impel's Gwardia best volleyball player in the 2010/2011 season. Jaszewska along with Susan Efimienko represented our country at the last European Championship volleyball team taking the 5th place. The team left Joanna Wołosz (Aluprof Bielsko-Biała) and Maja Tokarska (Atom Trefl Sopot). In return the team strengthened: Arielle Wilson (from the USA - academic game), Milena Rosner, member of the Polish representative team, which won the gold medal of the European Championships in Turkey in 2005, Marta Haładyn (with Tauron MKS Dabrowa Mining) and Dorota Medyńska (SMS Sosnowiec / TOP Boleslawiec). The injury healed Aleksandra Folta, which together with Dorothy Medyńska is the youngest part of the Impel Gwardia. Women's team played in Women PlusLiga so far 15 matches, winning five of them. Team has the 17 points and followed by the 7th position. Team is doing very well in the Challenge Cup, advancing to 1 / 8 of the tournament. The team finished the game on the 5th place.[1]

Team[edit]

Season 2016–2017, as of March 2017.[2][3]

Number Player Position Height (m) Weight (kg) Birth date
1 Czech Republic Andrea Kossanyiová Outside hitter 1.85 65 (1993-08-06) 6 August 1993 (age 26)
3 Poland Monika Ptak Middle blocker 1.88 76 (1990-05-14) 14 May 1990 (age 30)
4 Poland Katarzyna Konieczna Opposite 1.84 78 (1985-03-22) 22 March 1985 (age 35)
5 Poland Agnieszka Kąkolewska Middle blocker 1.99 85 (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 25)
6 Poland Barbara Cembrzyńska Opposite 1.85 70 (1997-05-19) 19 May 1997 (age 23)
7 Poland Joanna Kaczor Opposite 1.91 70 (1984-09-16) 16 September 1984 (age 35)
9 Poland Agata Sawicka Libero 1.81 72 (1985-01-17) 17 January 1985 (age 35)
10 Poland Izabela Bałucka Middle blocker 1.85 77 (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 27)
12 United States Micha Hancock Setter 1.80 78 (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 27)
13 Poland Adrianna Wysocka Setter 1.86 72 (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 22)
14 Poland Natalia Mędrzyk Outside hitter 1.84 75 (1992-01-13) 13 January 1992 (age 28)
15 Poland Magdalena Stasiak Libero 1.63 60 (1995-07-10) 10 July 1995 (age 25)
17 United States Megan Courtney Outside hitter 1.86 66 (1993-10-27) 27 October 1993 (age 26)
18 Poland Aleksandra Sikorska[4] Middle blocker 1.85 67 (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 27)
  • First coach :  POL Marek Solarewicz
  • Second coach:  POL Wojciech Kurczyński
  • Assistant coach:  POL Mateusz Żarczyński
  • Physiotherapist :  POL Artur Hnida

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Historia" (in Polish). Impel Wrocław. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Team" (in Polish). Impel Wrocław. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Impel Wrocław Team". Orlen Liga (in Polish). Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Aleksandra Sikorska odchodzi z Impel Wrocław". Impel Wrocław. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  5. ^ Grała w Gwardii w latach 1999-2001
  6. ^ W latach 2009-2011 reprezentowała Tauron MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza.

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