ALREADY missing the services of top local player Myla Pablo, defending champion Pocari Sweat suffered another blow with import Edina Selimovic declared for the remainder of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
The Bosnian middle blocker, who arrived in the country in January, exits the tournament after only two matches with the Lady Warriors.
Selimovic got injured a month ago but it was aggravated during the five-set match against BaliPure on Thursday, according to Pocari Sweat team manager Anthony Ty.
"April pa (siya na-injure) aggravated during the BaliPure game," said Ty. "Complete torn hamstring, no wonder she played like that nung (match against) Creamline."
Issues with PVL imports’ transfer papers kept imports from seeing action for two weeks, and Selimovic was able to see action only five days ago when they received the clearance from the world volleyball governing body.
The 6-foot-3 Selimovic exits after Pocari’s win over Balipure and a loss to Creamline.
The two-time champion is in second spot with a 6-3 win-loss card.
The Lady Warriors have one more elimination-round assignment, against Perlas on Thursday and a win will give them an outright semifinal slot.
“Pragmatic naman ang players eh,” said Ty. “At the end of the day the ones left will carry more and push harder for the finish line.”
The Lady Warriors still have American import Michelle Strizak along with mainstays Elaine Kasilag, Jeanette Panaga, Cai Nepomuceno, Jessey de Leon, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano and Gyzelle Sy.
The team is also expecting Pablo to be back in time for the semifinals.