Big, bizarre move: Why UE used Roselle Baliton as starting setter

Known as one of UE’s more promising middle blockers, Roselle Baliton started as the Lady Warriors’ setter for the 1st time last Wednesday.

The result, however, was the same for the Recto squad as they were manhandled by defending champion Ateneo in straight sets.

Coach Francis Vicente’s bizarre ploy to move the 6-foot Baliton to the setter spot, however, slightly became the talk of social media.

For Vicente, it’s all about preparing for the future, as he thinks that if the towering spiker develops her playmaking, then she will be a massive asset for UE moving forward.

Read: After 51st straight loss, Vicente feels UE players don’t want him as coach

“Yung pag-convert niyan, hinahanda ko na siya for next year,” he said. “Hinahanda ko na siya for setting chores, dahil sa height advantage. Meron naman siyang pitik, yung movement lang ang kulang niya.”

Baliton made her UAAP “debut” as a setter against La Salle last weekend, but Vicente decided to give his ward more exposure against the streaking Lady Eagles.

“Kaya ko siya pinwesto sa Ateneo, para ma-ensayo siya mabuti, para bumilis,” said the coach, who noted that Baliton won’t always be the Lady Warriors starting setter. — By Arylle Magtalas


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