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Chris (Sandvig) Dummermuth



Dummermuth has spent virtually her entire life playing, teaching and coaching tennis - beyond what any woman has done in South Dakota. She grew up near the McKennan Park courts in Sioux Falls and started played tennis when she was 10. She was a two-time state prep singles champion (1971-72) at Washington High. She played a year at Utah State before transferring to Augustana. Augustana had no women's team, so she joined the men's team in 1975, frequently partnering with future husband Dave Dummermuth in doubles.

She coached the Washington High girls team for five years (1978-83), then started coaching the Lincoln boys team in 1987. By 1999, her teams had won five state titles. In all, Lincoln won eight state titles under Dummermuth from 1987-2005, and the Patriots had a 299-36 dual record, including 78 consecutive wins. She was named state high school tennis coach of the year seven times.

Dummermuth was inducted into the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998, the same year her family (parents Wes and Betty along with Chris, brother Craig and sisters Carol and Kari) received the South Dakota Tennis Achievement Award. She also is a member of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the U.S. Tennis Association Northern Section Hall of Fame and the Washington and Lincoln halls of fame. In 2007, she received the South Dakota High School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award. She was named the state's Female Independent Athlete of the Year for 1985 by the sportswriters association.

Dummermuth won many South Dakota Closed and Open singles and doubles titles in the 1980s and '90s and she continues to compete today. She taught tennis for the Sioux Falls Parks Department, at local clubs and in adult education classes. In 1983, Dummermuth coached/chaperoned a junior team to Europe. She served on the board of the Sioux Falls Tennis Association, organized and directed the South Dakota Junior Open in the early 1980s and directed the state high school girls tournament for many years.








































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