Midwestern State battled back from a two-set deficit before falling 22-25, 15-25, 25-18, 25-15, 12-15 to Lubbock Christian Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs (6-14) used an overall strong defensive effort to push LCU to the brink before allowing the Chaps to escape and improved to 13-2.
Sophomore middle blocker Sarah Garfield matched a career high with 14 kills while leading MSU at net with seven total blocks.
The Mustangs finished with 10 total team blocks as redshirt-freshman Angel Summers had four blocks and freshman Addison Semer added three.
MSU, which limited the Chaps to a .119 team hitting percentage, was also strong on the back row paced by senior libero Casey Fletcher, who finished with 29 digs.
Junior Nicole Marzik added 15 digs, while sophomore Madelyn Johnson (13 digs), sophomore Sarah Rosinke (11 digs) and freshman Morgan Haire (10 digs) also finished with double-digit digs.
Behind a solid 20-kill, 22-dig effort from Channing Castleberry, Lubbock Christian rolled out to 25-22 and 25-15 wins while hitting .253 over the opening two frames.
The Mustangs got defensive from that point on holding the Chaps to a paltry -.021 hitting percentage over the next two sets to force their ninth five-set contest of the season.
MSU sprinted out to a 10-4 lead in the deciding set before Lubbock Christian responded by winning 11 of the final 13 points.
Senior middle blocker Kat Molloy finished with 10 kills and two blocks, while junior outside hitter Hunter Porter put down an efficient nine kills with seven digs.
Midwestern State hits the road to take on Tarleton State Friday night before battling Angelo State Saturday in San Angelo.
No. 13 Midwestern State struck for two second-half goals to roll to a 2-0 win over Rogers State (Okla.) Wednesday afternoon at Soldier Field.
"We're happy to get the win on the road," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We dominated play in the first half, but had nothing to show for it. Now, we just have to regroup, train for a day and move on to the next one."
The Mustangs, who advanced their unbeaten streak to 11 matches while improving to 9-1-2, take on their toughest road test of the season Saturday at No. 16 St. Edward's in Austin.
They will do have to do it without Elder, who was ejected in the 62nd minute attempting to find an answer for an offside call which was waved off. The Mustangs will also be without starter center back Kalen Ryden.
"We are a bit hurt in the back, but we have to focus on what we have," Elder said. "The midfield is going to have to pick it up, but we will see how we come together."
MSU played without injured outside back Chase Robertson and starting striker Albert Rodriguez, who served out a red card suspension against the Hillcats.
Senior defender Eric Glad and redshirt-freshman Michael Klodzinski stepped in alongside regular starters Jevan Toledo and Call Casarez on the back line which limited Rogers State to seven total shots with only one falling on goal.
The Mustangs finally created some space in the 59th minute when senior midfielder Andrew Power headed in his team-best 11th goal of the season off of a corner serve from junior midfielder Ben Clarvis.
MSU put the game away with a second goal in the 70th minute when Clarvis' cross found Toledo, who struck for his for his first goal of the season on a one-timer.
Junior goalkeeper Nick Petolick made one save to finish off his sixth shutout of the season.
Rogers State dipped to 5-7 on the season.
Midwestern State remained steady at No. 14 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Top 25 released Wednesday afternoon.
The Mustangs enjoyed a bye week heading into the MSU Cross Country Carnival set for Saturday at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course. Start time for the 6K meet with a field of MSU, Rogers State (Okla.), Angelo State, Clarendon College, Central Oklahoma and Texas Wesleyan is set for 8 a.m.
Grand Valley State (Mich.) maintained its stance as the unanimous No. 1 as the first nine spots stayed the same. The Lakers were followed by Adams State (Colo.), Minnesota-Duluth, Western State Colorado, Chico State (Calif.), Hillsdale (Mich.), Augustana (S.D.), Simon Fraser (B.C.) and California-San Diego.
Northern Michigan leaped nine spots to land in a tie for the 10th spot with Colorado-Colorado Springs.