The West Valley beach volleyball team was just getting its season started when everything abruptly stopped in late March. In four matches, Emily Paxton teamed with Audrey Fernandez to compile an unbeaten record as the Viking 3's. The pair swept Sierra (21-18, 21-17), Marin (21-18, 21-11), Feather River (21-13, 21-15), and, in one of the top matches of the year, rallied past San Joaquin Delta 14-21, 22-20, 15-4 to clinch a 5-0 Feb. 28 sweep of the Mustangs.
Paxton, considered by many the most improved indoor player in the Coast Conference, was a key rotation player for West Valley's 2019 Coast-South indoor champions. In 26 matches, the 5-5 leaper from San Jose's Santa Teresa High School, connected on 119 kills (1.40 kills-per-set), 23 digs and 24 blocks.