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Team USA opens Kirishi Cup with a victory over Hungary

 

Stanford senior Kiley Neushul and Cardinal junior Maggie Steffens each scored three goals and the world's No. 1 ranked United States women's water polo senior national team downed Hungary, 13-10, Tuesday in the opener of the Kirishi Cup in Russia.

The Americans (13-2) meet host Russia on Wednesday morning. The USA also will play Italy, Spain and The Netherlands this week.

The victory avenged a 10-9 loss to Hungary last week in a friendly contest that both teams used to prepare for the Kirishi Cup. The exhibition was played in the Hungarian city of Cegled.

U.S. goalie Sami Hill, who plays for UCLA, recorded 11 saves in Tuesday's win over Hungary.

"We fought hard but we need to be better defensively," said Team USA coach Adam Krikorian, the former UCLA coach and Mountain View native.

The Americans, who also received goals from Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark of Menlo Park and Stanford grad Annika Dries, outscored Hungary, 6-3, in the second quarter to take a 9-6 advantage into halftime.

The United States converted four of its nine power plays and did not attempt a penalty while Hungary was four of seven on power plays and converted one of two penalty shots.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo/USA volleyball

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