RCB's Lough ladies strengthen mother/daughter bond through tennis

Published: May. 16, 2020 at 4:07 AM EDT
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Clarksburg's Erin & Taylor Lough are just trying to find a way to pass the time through COVID-19, and the mother/daughter duo is happy to have each other.

"Even though the season was cancelled I still have someone to share it with," Taylor said. "It's still competitive. It's just a lot of fun to play with her."

Erin is the head girls tennis coach for the RCB Flying Eagles, and Taylor is a senior on the team and was expected to be the No. 1 singles player this season. Unfortunately, Taylor never got the opportunity to play her senior season but the consolation prize has been extra time that the two has spent together.

"When I was playing in high school and college, the only way I could share it with my family was to look through the fence and see my mom and grandmother," Erin said. "Now that we are here and the two of us are out on the court together. It's amazing."

Erin played tennis for Liberty high school & Fairmont State. Growing up, Taylor's primary sport was volleyball as a setter. During her freshman year, she decided she would also add tennis to her repertoire.

"I'm definitely glad that I did because for years it was my mom trying to get into to volleyball and now its like 'I can share volleyball with my dad and tennis with my mom."

Taylor's prep tennis career was brought to an unexpected end because of the coronavirus, and Erin thought she may be done as the head tennis coach as well. But then her youngest daughter & RCB freshman Kolby told her she was interested in following in her big sister's footsteps.

"When this season first started I thought this would be my last season because I had seen Taylor through the end," Erin said. "Two days before I had to turn my roster in, my youngest daughter said I want to try out. Now I'm seeing another four years as the coach to continue and hopefully she and I will have the same bond as Taylor & I have developed."

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