By Adam Button
Doctors operated to re-attach a torn tendon in the thumb of Lukas Porosa, the Ryerson Rams star setter last month.
Tests eventually showed that surgery was needed after Porosa tried to rehabilitate the injury without it; the setback comes just weeks before the volleyball season is to begin.
“This is the last resort for me,” he said.
Lukas also battled thumb injuries all of last season and sat out the final three games of the season.
Thumb injuries have plagued both Lukas Porosa and his father Mirek, the Rams coach, who retired from professional volleyball because of a similar ailment.
At one time Mirek was a setter with the Polish national team the Rams coach was never able to fully recover from his thumb injury and may undergo a similar operation later this year.
Mirek says his son may sit out the entire season to preserve a year of eligibility.
“I’ll see how the season goes,” he said. “That’s the decision I’ve got to make at [this]point.”
Lukas was one of the OUA’s top setters last season, leading the Rams in digs, and was named to the league’s second all-star team.
Early last season the Eyeopener named him Ryerson’s top athlete.
The likely fill-in at the setter position will be six-foot-three freshman Greg Marclazek.
Over the summer Marclazek and Porosa were members of a team that won the indoor volleyball championship at the Polona Games, an Olympic-style event held in Poland for international athletes of Polish descent.
Porosa also was on the team that won the tournament’s beach volleyball championship.
Last season the Rams narrowly missed the playoffs, but they have maintained all their core players and added seven recruits who will, hopefully, give the team a much needed depth, and a shot at a championship.