Feb. 5, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY -
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The undefeated and No. 4-ranked Utah gymnastics team (6-0) begins a two-week road stretch this Friday in Logan against Utah State (5-5) ... Start time is 6:30 p.m. in the Spectrum ... Live scoring and commentary can be found at UtahUtes.com.
Utah is looking for its 80th-consecutive victory against Utah State ... Three of Utah's first four meets have been at home, where the Utes are 5-0 before Huntsman Center crowds that have averaged 11,449 ... Utah is 1-0 on the road, with a win at Minnesota ... Utah State is the last unranked team the Utes will see this season. Starting Jan. 16 in Athens, Ga., the Utes will face four straight top-10 teams: Georgia (No. 2), Michigan (No. 8), Nebraska (No. 6) and Florida (No. 1) ... Utah has won every all-around competition and has also won or tied for every event title this season.
pulled out of the floor lineup last week when her elbow injury flared up and rendered her unable to compete. The status of Kivisto, who was removed from the bar lineup the week before due to the injury, could come down to a "game day decision" ... Freshman Stephanie Neff
got her first taste of college competition last week when she tried an exhibition bar routine. Every Ute on the roster has now competed either to count or as exhibition this season ... Ashley Postell
has won all four floor competitions to date and has scored a 9.90 each time ... Postell leads Utah in wins with nine, followed by Kristina Baskett
and Nicolle Ford
with eight, apiece ... Baskett and Ford are tied for the best all-around score of the season (39.60) and Postell is closed behind (39.55).
In the new national rankings, Nicolle Ford
checks in at No. 9 in the all-around (39.275 average), while Ashley Postell
is tied for No. 2 on floor (9.90) and Kristina Baskett
is tied for No. 5 on vault (9.90). As a team, Utah is ranked second on vault (49.262), fourth on bars (49.212) and floor (49.112), and ninth on beam (48.681).
won the all-around (39.60) and three individual event titles to lead Utah to victory over Arkansas, Brigham Young and Southern Utah before a season-high crowd of 14,044. Utah started fast, with a season-best 49.40 on vault and a 49.325 on bars, but came unglued on the beam, where it counted two falls. The poor beam showing prevented a big score from Utah, but its 196.150 proved plenty to beat Arkansas (193.625), BYU (192.600) and SUU (190.650).
Utah leads the series with Utah State 81-3. Utah has won 79 straight since losing to the Aggies twice in 1979. The other USU win fell in 1978. Utah leads 25-2 in Logan.
Utah State is 5-5 and coming off a Feb. 1 victory over Boise State (193.725-191.650) ... The Aggies have won four straight, including three wins at the San Jose State Invitational on Jan. 26 ... high score is 194.225 ... top all-arounders are Jessica Parenti-Otte (39.30) and Meagan Lewis (39.025) ... head coach Ray Corn is 430-420-2 in his 30th year.