Area roundup: Landfair, Coenen will play for Team USA

Plainfield Central’s Taylor Landfair will be playing for Team USA at the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship from Aug. 18 to Aug. 27 in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina. | Larry W. Kane for Shaw Media

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Volleyball has announced that Plainfield Central sophomore Taylor Landfair will play for Team USA at the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship from Aug. 18 to 27 in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina.

Landfair is among 12 players named to the team and is one of two incoming sophomores. The 6-foot-4 outside hitter made the team after training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and competing in the USAV High Performance camp.

Team USA is pegged as the top-seeded team and will compete in Pool B to start the tournament. The U.S. will complete against Russia, Belarus, Brazil and Mexico in pool play.

At Central, Landfair totaled 357 kills, 184 digs and 52 blocks in her freshman season. She became the first freshman to play for Sports Performance Volleyball Club’s 18-1 team.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Lewis’ Coenen selected: The USA International University Sports Federation announced that Lewis redshirt sophomore outside hitter Ryan Coenen has been selected to the Team USA men’s volleyball squad and will participate in the 29th World University Games from Aug. 20 through 29 in Taipei.

He will be joined by Lewis coach Dan Friend, who will serve as an assistant to head coach John Kosty (Stanford).

Coenen enjoyed an outstanding rookie season in 2017 as he was second on the squad in kills (342) and averaged 3.2 kills a set. He recorded double-digit kills in 20 out of 27 matches and had four matches of 20-plus kills. He was named the MIVA Co-Freshman of the Year and was selected to the All-MIVA first team. Coenen picked up American Volleyball Coaches Association AVCA Newcomer of the Year and AVCA second-team All-America accolades and was named as a VolleyballMag.com All-America second-team honoree.

USA opens competition against Japan on Aug. 20.

SLAMMERS

Joliet splits two games: The Slammers split their first two games of a weekend series against Washington after capturing a 4-0 victory on Saturday at Slammers Stadium.

Luis Cruz, Tyler House and Skylar Janisse combined to toss a seven-hit shutout that featured 11 strikeouts. House went 42⁄3 innings of relief to get the win, allowing just three hits, while Janisse gave up one hit and struck out two in the final two frames.

The Slammers, who wrap up both the series and homestand at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, took control with a three-run fifth inning. Seven players had hits, while Luis Diaz drove in two runs and Melvin Rodriguez also had an RBI.

In Friday’s opener, the Wild Things scored three runs in both the sixth and ninth innings to rally for a 7-3 win. Travis Bolin was 2 for 3, Ridge Hoopii-Haslam went 2 for 4, Danny Zardon had two RBIs and David Gonzalez also drove in a run.

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