Head men's tennis coach Al Wermer announced today that two recruits, Nicholas Wong (Mansfield, OH) and Garrett Cona (Silver Lake, OH), have signed national letters of intent and will join the Rocket tennis program for the 2011-12 season.

Cona is a four-year tennis and three-year basketball letterwinner at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls. Going into his senior year, he has compiled a 90-22 record for the Warriors. He earned second-team all-state honors his junior year and was a state quarterfinalist. He was also a state qualifier his sophomore year, while also being named the 2009 Ann Arbor Junior Open doubles champion. In his freshman year, the Warriors were state semifinalists as well.

"We are excited and optimistic about these guys joining our program," said Wermer. "Garrett is a leader and two-sport star at Walsh Jesuit.  He's a terrific competitor and unbelievable athlete with immense tennis potential.  This is a guy with a lot of discipline who will learn fast.  His game will explode in our program."

Wong is a three-year letterwinner in tennis at Lexington High School in Mansfield. He has thrice been named the Ohio Cardinal Conference Player of the Year, from 2008-2010. Wong is also a three-time northwest district champion and state quarterfinalist.

"Nicky is also an astounding athlete," Wermer said. "His court speed and competitiveness are only matched by his great spirit.  The first time I met with Nick, he hardly said anything.  But then when he visited our campus and spent time with our guys, his electric personality came out.  He and Garrett will both be great team guys for us."

"With our amazing new athletics facilities added to our beautiful campus, our success in recruiting Ohio and Midwest guys will accelerate," said Wermer. "These guys want to work, and we will be very glad to help them reach their goals in college tennis."

Coach Wermer and the 2010-11 Rockets wrapped up their fall season at the beginning of Nov. and will kick off the regular season Jan. 21 at Detroit Mercy.