Trieste, Italy-----Playing for the Hungary National Team, San Jose State sophomore Timi Molnar helped her team reach the championship match in the FINA Junior World Championships.
Molnar and the Hungarians were tied, 9-9, with Australia; defeated China, 17-4; and humiliated Mexico, 29-1. Molnar scored twice in the rout of Mexico. Hungary was tied by Australia for first-place in its four-team pool at 2-0-1.
Facing several familiar players representing the United States, Molnar played a non-scoring role in a 9-8 win over the United States in quarterfinal round play. Hungary eked out its second one-goal victory, 12-11, over Russia in a September 16 semifinal.
Sixteen teams from six continents are competing for the championship.
The Hungarians will play Spain, for the FINA Junior World Championship the evening of September 17 at the Bruno Bianchi Polo Natatorium. Hungary seeks its first championship in the biennial tournament contested in odd-numbered years since 1995.