The winner will advance to a semifinal game in Towson, Md., next Friday (May 23) against the winner of Saturday's game between No. 2 seed Syracuse and No. 7 seed Boston College.
Tickets for this weekend's game are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Visit the GoHeels.com Ticket Center to purchase advance tickets.
With a win, the Tar Heels would advance to the NCAA semifinals for the eighth time overall and the fifth time in six years.
The Tar Heels finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in the nation in both the IWLCA coaches poll and the Brine media poll. Virginia, which advanced to Saturday's quarterfinal with a win over Princeton last weekend, was No. 11 in the IWLCA poll and No. 15 in the media poll.
Last Sunday, the Tar Heels defeated Georgetown, 10-8, in the NCAA second round in Chapel Hill. Senior Abbey Friend broke the Carolina career goals record and tied the school single-season goals record in the game, tallying four goals and an assist.
Six of the eight remaining teams in NCAA action this weekend are Atlantic Coast Conference teams. Maryland is the No. 1 overall seed and is hosting Duke on Saturday. Syracuse is the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 seed Boston College. The Tar Heels are the No. 3 seed and are hosting No. 6 seed Virginia.
The Tar Heels are 13-4 in the NCAA Tournament since 2009. They are 16-1 at home in NCAA Tournament games and have won 15 NCAA Tournament games in a row in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina leads its all-time series with Virginia, 20-12. UNC has won nine games in a row over Virginia and 11 of the last 12 installments in the series. Earlier this season, Carolina won 14-10 in Charlottesville on March 8.
UNC and UVa are meeting in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in eight years, and Carolina is 4-1 in the previous five of those meetings. The Tar Heels beat Virginia in the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 and lost to UVa in 2007.
Carolina leads the series, 11-3, against UVa in games played in Chapel Hill and 6-1 in NCAA Tournament meetings.
Tar Heel head coach Jenny Levy played at Virginia from 1988-92, where she was a teammate of UVa head coach Julie Myers. Levy was a two-time first-team All-America attacker (then known as Jenny Slingluff). She was the Most Outstanding Attacker of the 1991 NCAA Tournament, leading the Cavs to their first-ever NCAA championship by scoring three goals in the title game.