Lara Botts showed massive improvement during her sophomore season and made contributions in both singles and doubles play. In singles, Botts played a total of 20 matches and turned in a winning record of 11-9 during the spring. She was the primary option at No. 5 singles for the Huskers, notching an impressive 8-8 record, but also picked up a victory in her lone match at the No. 4 position. Botts saw action at the No. 6 spot, as well, going 2-1 in three matches. On the doubles court, Botts saw action at No. 3 doubles, pairing up with both Adriana Dulic and Gina Pelazini. Botts found success with Dulic, as the tandem played their way to a 3-2 record during the spring. Botts and Pelazini were able to pick up one victory in the three matches the pair played together.
As a freshman, Botts played mostly No. 3 singles with a few matches at the No. 4 and 5 positions. At the No. 3 spot, she posted a record of 3-8, was 0-2 at No. 4 and 1-4 at No. 5 for an overall 4-14 singles record in 1996. In doubles, Botts teamed up with Kristie Bilecky for five doubles matches, going 2-2 at the No. 2 spot and 0-1 at the No. 3 position. Botts also paired with junior Annie Wang for seven matches at No. 2 doubles where they finished 0-7. Botts had an overall doubles record of 2-10 in the spring.
Botts is the daughter of Van and Theresa Botts of Seattle, Wash., and is majoring in international business.