North Carolina (32-2) earned a pair of victories last weekend on its home courts over Furman (4-0) and No. 29 Ole Miss (4-1) on Sunday afternoon. The marathon victory over the Rebels was the 32nd win for the Tar Heels in 2017, setting a new program record that stood for exactly one season.
Duke (22-5) was also granted home matches last weekend and earned victories over Boston University and No. 24 Tennessee in Durham. The Blue Devils are making their sixth NCAA Round of 16 appearance since 2010.
Carolina and Duke are set to meet in the NCAA Team Championship for the fifth time. The Tar Heels have enjoyed a 3-1 advantage in the previous four meetings, including a 4-3 win in the 2010 quarterfinals that serves as the most recent head-to-head battle between the two long-time ACC rivals.
In the regular season, Carolina earned a come-from-behind, 5-2, win over Duke inside Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on April 19 in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels lost the doubles point, but wins from sophomores Chloe Ouellet-Pizer and Jessie Aney saw momentum begin to swing in favor of UNC.
Freshman Makenna Jones was next to post a victory for Carolina, and later the clinching win came from senior Hayley Carter, who tied an ACC record that she has since shattered for the most wins in a career that currently stands at 166 heading to Athens.
The UNC-Duke winner will face the winner between 7th seed Stanford and 10th seed Michigan on Sunday at 12 p.m.