A Greensboro native, Preyer played tennis, basketball, lacrosse and field hockey in high school at Chatham Hall and tennis at UNC, where she was named All-American in 1976. Preyer played professionally from 1977-83, reaching a ranking of No. 43. Preyer played in the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 1982. Turning to coaching, Preyer led Duke to five ACC championships in seven seasons, four NCAA appearances, was ACC Coach of the Year five times and had a record of 122-44. Preyer is a member of the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.