South Division Set For Kelly Cup Playoffs

The field for the South Division in the Kelly Cup Playoffs is set as Mississippi secured the eighth and final spot over the weekend.

The Sea Wolves, who missed the last two seasons because of Hurricane Katrina, are making their fifth consecutive postseason appearance having reached the conference finals in 2002 and 2003.

Texas is 50-7-11 and with 111 points has clinched the division title to secure home ice throughout the division playoffs. The next seven teams will be seeded second through eighth in order of points. Teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteria in the Division Semifinals and the Division Finals. The South Division playoff series will all be best-of-five games.

Gwinnett is 41-20-5 and in second place with 87 points, two points ahead of South Carolina at 41-22-3. The Gladiators have secured home ice for the first round while the Stingrays need one point to secure home ice for the first round. Florida is 35-23-8 and in fourth place with 78 points while Charlotte is 33-26-6 and in fifth place with 72 points and Columbia is 30-27-10 and in sixth place with 70 points.

The Gladiators, who have won 40 games for the fifth consecutive season, will play at Florida on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. South Carolina, which returns to the postseason a league record 14th time, will host Charlotte on Tuesday, Mississippi on Friday and Columbia on Saturday.

Augusta is celebrating its 10th season in Georgia by making its third Kelly Cup Playoff appearance in a row which ties the Lynx record for consecutive appearances set the first three seasons. Augusta visits Pensacola on Monday and Tuesday before hosting Columbia on Friday and Mississippi on Saturday.

In the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2005, Columbia hosts Mississippi on Wednesday before visiting Augusta on Friday and South Carolina on Saturday. The Inferno reached the postseason each of their first four seasons including the Kelly Cup Finals in 2003.

Charlotte is in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the fourth season in a row, which is the most consecutive appearances since they advanced to the postseason in each of their first five seasons from 1994-98. The Checkers visit South Carolina on Tuesday before traveling to Texas on Friday and Saturday.