Going into the fourth game, Pettit was concerned about Weston's lack of involvement—she had 30 attempted kills, compared with 38 at the same point in the semis—and considered telling Johnson to set up Weston more often. Then he remembered a plaque he had seen at a friend's house: RIDE THE HORSE IN THE DIRECTION IT'S GOING. He kept his mouth shut, and Crnich, the team's fifth offensive option, led the Huskers to victory. "For that to happen, you have to have a heck of a setter and players whose egos don't get in the way," Pettit said. "Then you've got to have a player like Kate, who is willing to step into that role."
When Weston and Johnson teamed for the winning block, Pettit jumped so high, his lei hew off. But he retrieved it in the commotion and put it back on to accept the championship trophy. He was still wearing the lei when he said aloha to the Mullins Center and walked out into the snow.