NEWCOMER Choco Mucho faces a huge test when it plays Pacifictown-Army today in the PVL Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Flying Titans and the Lady Troopers shoot for win No. 2 in the first game of another Wednesday tripleheader at 2 p.m.
Defending champion Creamline puts its three-match winning streak on the line against dangerous BanKo-Perlas at 6 p.m., right after winless squads Air Force and BaliPure collide at 4 p.m.
Choco Mucho has shown a lot of promise to be one of the contenders in the season-ending conference.
The Flying Titans opened their campaign with a 25-12, 25-18, 25-18 conquest of the Water Defenders a week ago.
Ranged against a Pacifictown-Army side that placed third in the Reinforced Conference, coach Oliver Almadro welcomes the challenge that Choco Mucho wanted to gauge its ability to compete with the league's best.
"Matured ang Army. Mahirap kalaban yung isang matured na team. Siyempre, nakukundisyon sila. Kami parang rookies dito. Sila, nag-Final Four pa (sa Reinforced Conference)," said Almadro.
"I expect a competitive match," he added.
The Lady Troopers, who are coming off a 25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 25-20 win over the Perlas Spikers last week, set their sights on surpassing last conference's bronze medal finish and coach Kungfu Reyes is confident on his team's chances to go deeper as long as everyone is fit for the long haul.