It is natural for a player in the setting position to act as a leader on the court, dictating the pace of the offense, and distributing the ball to their teammates. It’s an added bonus when they’re able to be a leader off the court as well – and that’s exactly the player the Providence Pilots have in Lucas Pappel.
After defeating ACC 3-1, and 3-0 in Week 19, Pappel accumulated 81 Assists, 5 digs, and 4 blocks to improve on a second half of the season that has shone some much needed light on this up-and-coming Pilots team. On a team full of first-year talent, Pappel’s two years of experience have pushed him into the role of a leader, and according to head coach Jason Peters, it’s a position he’s thriving in.
“Lucas exemplifies the meaning of a leader,” says Peters. “He has led our very young squad into a contender this season.”
Pappel is no slouch on the court either, as Peters is quick to point out his dramatic improvement in his setting this year, and his ability to shut down some of the biggest threats in the league with his blocking.
“His athletic ability makes him an all around great player for us,” says Peters. “He is very coachable and always brings his very best to every practice and every game.”
Pappel will be playing a significant role for the Pilots two weekends from now when they take on their rivals in the CMU Blazers in the MCAC Final 4’s. Whenever these two teams get together there are fireworks, and with this much on the line, it may end up being one of the must-see matchups of the MCAC season.