WSU Volleyball debuts new court, new faces in exhibition match 

Iman Isanovic debuts in crimson and gray 



Pia Timmer lobs a soft attack against Montana defense in spring match, April 2 at Bohler Gym.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

To celebrate the newly renovated Bohler Gym, WSU volleyball hosted Montana in an open-to-the-public exhibition match. Alongside the new court, a new face debuted for the Cougs and looked strong. 

Iman Isanovic, a transfer from Arizona State, played alongside her new teammates for the first time in front of the home Coug crowd. 

Isanovic is filling in the void left by the graduating Laura Jansen and looks primed to fill that role. The Bosnia and Herzegovina native hit the ball with power and accuracy, looking already in midseason form. 

WSU’s new addition Iman Isanovic stands in a team huddle following the scrimmage against Montana, April 2 at Bohler Gym.

“She fits perfectly. The girls love her. She fits in. She’s humble. Then her skill level, it’s good and we got something special with Pia [Timmer] and Iman on the left,” associate head coach Burdette Greeny said. 

Greeny, who also works as the recruiting coordinator for the team and was integral in getting Isanovic to Pullman, is getting more into analytics and the numbers behind WSU. This is in part thanks to Chad Gordon on Twitter.

“There’s a guy on Twitter that does high-level analytics. I’ll be honest, some of the [analytics] is over my head but I’m super curious about it and want to learn more. I don’t believe in numbers only and you need to have a feel, but I believe the numbers tell something,” he said. 

WSU associate head coach Burdette Greeny sings fight song following spring match, April 2 at at Bohler Gym.

Isanovic was not the only Coug to perform well in the new gym, as the team won all four sets against the Grizzlies, winning 25-15, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16. 

Head volleyball coach Jen Greeny embraces Montana coach following scrimmage, April 2 at Bohler Gym.

Even with the new face showcasing her talent, the roster for next season was not on full display Sunday. Greeny said that three new players are set to come to join the team in the fall and will help with the depth issue that WSU dealt with last season after several players went down with injuries.  

Burdette Greeny and libero Karly Basham have a discussion following the first match of spring, April 2 at Bohler Gym.

WSU will play one more exhibition match in spring as at 6 p.m. April 15, they travel to Walla Walla to take on the Central Washington Wildcats at Whitman College campus. 

The day before the match, the team will have a meet and greet event from 5–7 p.m. April 14, at Bergevin Lane Vineyards in Walla Walla.

With a new court and new additions to the team, expectations for a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament are high among fans. In 2022, the team finished 23-10 and lost in the second round of the Tournament.