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Pocari Sweat beefs up roster, signs Bosnian middle blocker

Bosnian volleyball player Edina Selimovic. | Photo from ryanjayowens.com

MANILA, Philippines – Pocari Sweat has tapped Bosnian middle blocker Edina Selimovic as one of their two reinforcements to further strengthen its already stacked roster in the Philippine V-League, formerly Shakey's V-League, 14th Season Reinforced Conference set to start in May.

The power-hitting Selimovic, a 6-3 former Little Rock Trojans standout, arrived Monday and should join the Lady Warriors' first ever training session this year Tuesday, according to team manager Eric Ty.

"She (Selimovic) will be a big addition to our team as we try to shoot for a third championship in the PVL," said Ty, whose team has won the Reinforced and Open Conferences last season.

Ty also disclosed that another import is set to arrive soon although he didn't disclose the identity of the player.

"She's an American outside spiker and like Edina, she will be an important piece of the championship puzzle for us," he said.

Pocari has also tapped former NCAA Finals MVP Jaenette Panaga of St. Benilde, Jessie de Leon of Santo Tomas and ex-Ateneo star Fille Cainglet Cayetano to cushion the impact of the departure of team captain Michele Gumabao.

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They will join an already formidable cast headed by Myla Pablo, Elaine Kasilag, Desiree Dadang, libero Melissa Gohing and former Far Eastern U setter Gizelle Sy, who has re-signed with the team to retake the starting setter job from Fil-Am Iris Tolenada.

Tolenada, who was part of the team that topped the Open Conference late last year, returned to the United States for good to coach a school team there.

Pocari is coached by Rommel Abella.

Also joining the season-opening conference are five other teams including an Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline Cool Smashers and a veteran-laded Air Force side.

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