Polish volleyball fans had to say goodbye to two stars at once this week. One of the most successful Polish female players of all time, Aleksandra Jagieło has called it quits after a stellar career. At 37 years old, she was part of Poland’s most dominating team, the 2003-2005 back-to-back European Champions red-and-white. She also shined in domestic play, sharing her career between Poland’s and Italy’s professional leagues, having won 8 Polish titles.
“Today was the last match in my career. Only one of my sport dreams did not realize itself, playing at the Olympic games. However, I can say that I’m a fulfilled player. I was lucky for my entire career. I think, however, that this was also a consequence of hard work. I am glad that in this way I could experience this so called “volleyball life. You need to know when to leave the stage. Besides, I’m expecting a second child.” – via Siatka.org
Also retiring is Dominik Witczak, Katowice’s current captain. A 2-time Polish Champion, Witczak enjoyed a stellar career in all of PlusLiga’s top clubs: PGE Skra Bełchatów, Zaksa, and Asseco Resovia Rzeszów.
“The time has come. It’s hard to say goodbye to something that has been present for most of my life, but it’s a deliberate decision. I thought about finishing my career a year ago, but then a proposal from GKS appeared and I am very happy that I took advantage of it. I will be pleasantly remembering my stay in Katowice.” – via Siatka.org
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