USA Tops Hungary After Narrow Loss to Croatia

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Team USA's Ryan Bailey makes a shot on goal against Croatia at Newport Harbor High on Saturday.

The action was fast and furious this weekend at the Newport Harbor High School pool, as the US water polo team hosted the national teams of Hungary and Croatia for a round-robin exhibition and pre-Olympic tune-up.

The Americans lost to top-ranked Croatia, 8-7, despite a furious last-minute rally by the US squad that saw a shot at the buzzer fail to find the net. The US then came back to the pool to defeat 2008 Olympic gold medalists Hungary, 12-9, and earn a joyous standing ovation from the packed stands.

Newport Indy photographer Jim Collins was on hand for the action, and filed this photo report.

Hungary vs. Croatia in the afternoon sunshine.
American big man Tony Azevedo rears back for the shot.
Team USA's Adam Wright greets his wife and daughter poolside after the Americans defeated Hungary, 12-9, on Sunday.
The US national water polo team took time out for a team photo.

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