SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -

For the first time since 2008 the Augustana volleyball team still has work to do preparing for the NCAA Central Regional.

The Vikings had a week off after their first selection to Division Two's Big Dance in eight years.

Despite the bid they were still smarting from their NSIC Tournament loss to Winona on November 15th, and it's helped them sharpen their focus heading into Thursday's regional opener.

The Vikings play Nebraska-Kearney in the first game of the regional on Thursday at noon.