Men’s tennis sophomore Colt Tegtemeier of Madison, Wisconsin, has been named the October 22nd Brandeis Athlete of the Week, presented by The Chateau Restaurant Group.
Tegtmeier and the men’s tennis team finished up their fall season at the Wesleyan University Invitational over the weekend. Tegtmeier made it to the finals of two different flights, winning the ‘D’ Singles flight and finishing as runner-up in the ‘B’ Doubles flight. In singles action, Tegtmeier opened his weekend with an upset, rolling past the top seed from of RPI, 6-0, 6-2. He defeated an opponent from Tufts, 6-4, 7-5, to set up an all-Brandeis semifinal against classmate Nico Ramirez of Miami, Florida. In the semis, Tegtmeier rolled to another straight-set win, 6-2, 6-3, setting up yet another all-Judge match with senior Benjamin Wolfe of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Wolfe reached the finals by taking down the second seed from Bowdoin in the first round, 3-6, 6-4, 10-3, and upending the third seed Shaw from Amherst in the semifinals, 7-5, 7-5. In the battle of the Judges in the finals, Tegtmeier outlasted Wolfe, 3-6, 6-3, 12-10.
In doubles action, Tegtmeier paired with junior Rajan Vohra of Glen Head, New York, to reach the finals. They defeated a pair from RPI, 8-3, in the first round, then took down the fourth-seeds of Middlebury, 8-6, in the quarters. They bested another seeded squad, the No. 2 duo from Amherst, 8-5, in the semis, before pushing the top-seeded pairing from Bowdoin to a tiebreaker in the finals before ultimately falling, 7-8 (3-7).
The Judges return to action in February with their first-ever trip to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships in Minnesota. The Judges will meet conference rivals Washington University in the opening round.
GET TO KNOW COLT
Planned majors: Chemistry and philosphy
Favorite Brandeis athletic memory: Defeating #2 Chicago at the UAA championships as a freshman
Favorite professor: Professor Brendan Cline, philosophy, because his classes grab your attention
Outside of tennis, favorite activity on campus: Playing spikeball at the beach or in the soccer field with my friends.
Favorite TV Show: Brooklyn 99
Favorite Book: The Terror by Dan Simmons
Favorite college team: Wisconsin Badgers
Favorite quote: “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” – Samuel Goldwyn
This is the fifth year that the Brandeis Athlete of the Week program has been presented by The Chateau Restaurant Group. The Athlete of the Year Program highlights a top Brandeis student-athlete who has had an outstanding athletic achievement from the week prior. Each selected student-athlete will be featured on the Brandeis athletics homepage and inside the Chateau Waltham and Jake N Joes
Owned and operated by the Nocera Family, the Chateau Restaurant of Waltham opened in 1933 and set the standard for providing the tradition of Italian family dining, friendly service and quality food at reasonable prices for its customers. Located on 195 School Street, with 900 seats, the Chateau is always ready to accommodate large parties.
The Nocera Family consists of 6 brothers who have always had a passion for playing sports. In 2010, The Nocera Family launched a new concept, Jake n JOES Sports Grille. Jake n JOES Waltham opened in 2014 and is the best place to watch a game and enjoy quality food.
"Brandeis student-athletes are fantastic role models in our community,” says Chateau President Joe Nocera, “They exemplify the ideals of excellence and commitment both on and off the playing field. The Chateau Waltham and Jake n JOES Waltham are proud to partner with Brandeis Athletics to continue to enhance a positive focus within the Waltham Community."
For more information on Brandeis men’s tennis, visit the team’s web pages at http://www.brandeisjudges.com/sports/mten.
Tegtmeier is a 2018 graduate of James Madison Memorial High School.