Postell places behind rival all-arounder

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Rarely does Ashley Postell post a season-high score and lose. Monday was one of those infrequent nights.

Postell scored a season high 39.65 in the all-around, but was edged for the all-around title by Georgia's Courtney Kupets, who had a career high 39.7.

Kupets, the 2004 Olympian and bronze medalist on the uneven bars, scored a 9.95 on the vault, 9.9 on the bars, 9.925 on the beam and a 9.925 on the floor.

Postell had a 9.95 on the vault and 9.9s on the other three events.

Kupets and Postell were teammates on the 2002 World Championship team with Postell winning the balance beam title and Kupets the bars.

"I don't get too concerned about my scores. I want to do well for the team," Kupets said. "But a meet like this does motivate you a little more."

Utah freshman Kristina Baskett was third in the all-around, with a career high 39.4.

Not talking this time

Outspoken Georgia coach Suzanne Yoculan stopped any talk of the judging before it started, walking into the press conference and saying she nor her athletes would comment on the judging.

"We're an SEC team and we're not allowed to do that," she said.

However, conference rules couldn't stop her from offering a running commentary throughout the meet as she kept a close watch on both Utah's and Georgia's scores.

Utah coach Greg Marsden said he didn't have any problems with the judging.

One of the judges was Carole Ide, the president of the National Association of Women's Gymnastics Judges.

Leadoff hitter

Jessica Duke set the tone as the first competitor of the night, sticking her vault and scoring 9.8. She also started the Utes on floor with a 9.8. It was a much different performance than at BYU, where she scored 9.375 on the vault and 9.2 on the bars in her only two events.

"I didn't want to hold back on anything," she said.

By the numbers

In such a close meet, there were numerous places the Utes could have pointed to as potential spots where they could have done better.

But the biggest difference between the two teams, at least to Marsden, was on the vault. Georgia had a 49.5 to Utah's 49.35.