Erin Paton #20

First Name: Erin
Last Name: Paton
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 0
Position: Libero
Team: Beach Elite
Class Of: 2008
School: Western Branch High
College: Virginia Wesleyan College
Years With Beach Elite: 0




  • Ranked No. 2 for the Marlins in digs and No. 4 in aces
  • Recorded a season-high 31 digs vs. Washington & Lee University; 28 vs. St. Mary's College, 22 vs. North Central College, 21 vs. Roanoke College, and 20 vs. Marietta College
  • Only the third player in VWC history to record 30+ digs in a match
  • Season best three aces recorded against North Greenville University, Randolph College, and St. Mary's


  • Recorded 451 digs, currently the second highest total in VWC single-season history
  • Season highs: 25 digs vs. Randolph-Macon College; 2 service aces vs. St. Joseph's College, Gettysburg College, Salisbury University, Bridgewater College, and Averett University

Collegiate Accomplishments

  • 4.00 grade point accume Winter Session 2009

Prep Accolades

  • All-Virginia honorable mention honoree as a senior, after helping guide Western Branch to a 22-3 record, a Southeast District tournament championship, and to the regional championship match
  • 2007 Southeast District Player of the Year
  • Two-time All-Southeast first team honoree
  • Selected to compete in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star game as a senior
  • Two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association academic award winner
  • Junior and senior class secretary
  • Red Cross Club treasurer


  • Daughter of Kathy and Billy Paton; dad attended Wagner College
  • Born in Dunedin, Florida
  • Has one sister, Kelsey, a student at the Virginia Culinary Institute
  • Self-description in 10 words or less: "outgoing, energetic"
  • Enjoys the music of Incubus and spending vacations in Florida
  • A fan of football's New York Giants, Olympic volleyball standout Misty May and actresses Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock
  • Favorites include the book "Gossip Girl," the movie "A League of Their Own," and the TV series "Rizzoli and Isle"
  • My favorite aspect of being an athlete is: "the competition and being part of a team."
  • The part of my game I've improved the most is: "determination and to always push myself  and strive for the best."
  • My personal athletic goal at VWC is: "to be recognized in the ODAC for my defensive skills, to be mentally tough, and to surpass all my achievements so far."
  • If I could participate in a reality show it would be: "MTV's Real World. I have said it since I was 14 that I wanted experience being in a a new place with complete strangers, learning new ways to live."
  • People might be surprised to know: "ever since I was little my dad has been on the road traveling, coming home every now and then. So I have traveled all over the U.S.  I've been to almost every state and to Canada."
  • The most important advice I've received is: "stand up for yourself" -- Mom