Australia overcame a slow start to take the fight up to Hungary at the FIVB World Grand Prix in Mexico on Sunday, but lost their second consecutive match 3-1.
The Volleyroos lost the opening set 25-17, fought harder in the second before going down 25-21, but then hit their best form in an even third set.
After trading blows for most of the set, a timely ace from Rachel Rourke gave Australia the ascendency, the Volleyroos taking the set 27-25 to keep their hopes of a first ever Grand Prix win alive.
But the Hungarians were able to rally in the fourth set, shutting down the Australian attack to win 25-19, taking the match 3-1.
Karley Hynes was the leading point scorer for Australia with 19, including three service aces, while Sophie Godfrey had five blocks among her 11 points.
“Tonight we started flat and Hungary took advantage of that,” coach Shannon Winzer said.
“We made some changes half way through the third which put us back on the front foot, but in the end we were still unable to withstand Hungary's pressure.
“Karley Hynes had a great all-round game, and both Jenny Tait and Jaimee-lee Morrow came on and did fantastic jobs, being highly effective.”
The Australians will finish their weekend with a match against Trinidad and Tobago on Monday morning, AEST.Find statistics and pictures from today's match here.