UT raced to a 7-1 advantage in the opening game and never looked back in winning 30-15. The Lady Vols hit at a .577 clip, reeling off 13 kills before registering the first of two hitting errors. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, hit a frosty minus .023.
State scored the first two points of the second game, taking a 2-0 lead on a service ace by Eva Kriegel. But UT answered with a 5-0 run and never trailed in winning game two 30-21.
The Bulldogs turned up the intensity and made a run at the Lady Vols in game three, taking a 24-23 lead on a Tennessee hitting error. But UT fended off the MSU rally and pulled away from a 27-27 for a 30-27 match-clinching win.
Tennessee held MSU to a season-low .040 hitting percentage while hitting .307 for the match. Fautsch total 15 kills and Andrea Kristen added 10 to lead UT.
MSU senior rachel Cooper closed out her career with an eight-kill night. Orshi Kriegel added seven, Erin Seago six and Nicole Palazzo and Jamie Joyner five kills each. Joyner led MSU with four blocks while Eva Kriegel's 10 digs was tops for State.
TENNESSEE 3, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
MSU 15 21 27
UT 30 30 30