Now that it's here, they intend to make the most of it.
After taking a back seat to high-profile programs like Northeastern and Central the past couple of years, the Trojan seniors seized their time in the spotlight this season.
First, they captured the school's first York-Adams League regular-season title since 2001 a few weeks ago. Then they followed that up by claiming the league playoff title.
Friday night in the District 3-AA semifinals and finals at Central York High School, they added another trophy to what is becoming a banner year for the Trojans.
Suburban swept rival Northeastern (25-23, 25-18, 25-19) in the semis, which was a rematch of the league playoff title game a week ago. The Trojans followed that up by rolling past Dover (25-14, 25-21, 25-17) in the finals to claim the program's first-ever district title.
In the consolation contest, Northeastern downed Manheim Central (25-21, 25-13, 25-22) to take third-place. All four teams (York Suburban, Dover, Northeastern, Manheim Central) were already assured of entry into the 16-team PIAA tournament that begins Tuesday.
"Most of us were on the JV team as sophomores a couple of years ago," said Suburban's Jaryd Eshler. "We went 11-0 that year and we kind of knew that when we were seniors that the Ian Tyger's and the Paul Kuhn's would be gone. It was just going to be us. We were going to be the big guns. And we came out just like (we planned)."
Suburban exhibits its supremacy: The Trojans were hardly challenged Friday night as they played like the team that has been rated No. 1 for much of the year in the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AA rankings.
"I think that we really limited our errors and that showed in both matches," said York Suburban coach Jamie Evans. "We showed a lot of maturity. We didn't get into a panic mode that we saw a couple of times against Dallastown (in the league semifinals) and the last couple of weeks. It all started clicking tonight and that confidence grew."
After downing the Bobcats in the semifinals, the Trojans put their mark on the finals early against a Dover team that ousted them from districts a year ago. Trailing 4-2 in Game 1, Suburban ran off 11-straight points behind the serving of Fred Gard and never looked back.
"Through both matches (tonight), someone stepped up," Evans said. "Someone may (have played) down a bit, but someone else stepped up and filled the gap."
The Eagles never led in Game 2, although they kept things close throughout. Dover rallied to cut the deficit to a point on five different occasions late, but a three-point run that featured kills from Eshler and setter Kody Deiter ended any comeback attempt.
"They're a solid group of guys," Dover coach Chris Kennedy said. "If they play the way they did today, they'll go pretty deep (in states). They're probably be playing Saturday."
Dover led twice early in Game 3, but the Trojans put together runs of points each time they earned a side-out. The lead grew to as large as 11 points (22-11) which afforded Evans the opportunity to substitute in rarely used senior Lucas DuMars for the final few points.
"I kind of joked with him before the match," Evans said. "I said, 'If it's 24-9 Lucas, in the third-game I'll put you in.' It was 24-(16) when I put him in and I think he deserved it. It was just a little 'Thank You' to him."
Three down, One to go: Now that the Trojans have achieved what everyone has been expecting of them so far this year, there's only one more thing for this group to do - win a state title.
Eshler recalled his trip up to Penn State last year to watch Central claim the PIAA Class AAA championship over North Allegheny. That team featured stars like Kuhn, Wes Richardson, David Moler and Kyle Wisner - all of whom are now playing in college.
What really struck him, however, was just how good of a chemistry that team displayed both on and off the court. In a lot of ways, he sees those same traits in his own club.
"I loved watching Central play," he said. "Everyone just knew what they were doing and they had such great chemistry. And I see that in us."
One image that has stuck with Eshler since then was the look on Kuhn's face after the Panthers secured the title. He's used that image on several occasions this year to get his teammates and himself pumped up when the pressure is on.
"The relief of them finally winning states was such an amazing look," Eshler said. "I have a picture of Paul Kuhn (celebrating) and I just think of that every single time that a game is close. I keep saying, 'We got to do this. Let's go!'"
Dover survives a scare to make first-ever appearance in district finals: The Eagles have been on quite a roll since their loss to Northeastern in the York-Adams League playoff semifinals a week ago. Dover won a play-in contest Monday before winning their pool Wednesday.
That roll, however, may have caused a false sense of security for Kennedy's team, who had to rally to upend a scrappy Manheim Central squad in the semifinals (21-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-11, 15-9).
"I don't think we were as prepared as we should have been," Kennedy said. "We came out and I think they took Manheim Central lightly. Manheim came out like they wanted it more than us."
After falling behind 2-1, the Eagles turned things around by routing the Barons in Game 4. They followed that up with another solid performance in Game 5 to clinch their berth into the finals.
"It took us a little time for us to catch our barrings and play the way that we can play," Kennedy said.
Northeastern rebounds to beat Manheim Central: There was a lot on the line in the night's consolation contest between Manheim Central and the Bobcats. The loser knew they would draw the District 7 (WPIAL) champion come Tuesday.
That was enough incentive for Northeastern coach Matt Wilson.
"We didn't want that fourth-place finish," Wilson said. "I thought they did a great job of putting the Suburban loss behind them. I thought they fought pretty hard, regrouped and got a good victory against a very good Manheim Central team."
Wilson was particularly impressed with the improved play from sophomore setter Luke Braswell Friday. The first-year varsity setter played more like an upperclassman, a trait that Wilson hopes will continue next week and beyond.
"I thought our setter grew up a lot tonight," Wilson said. "I thought he did a really good job of finally getting the balls to good spots."
Wilson, who coached the program to a PIAA title two years ago, is happy with where his team is at right now. If they can survive Tuesday's contest with the District 6 champion, he is eager to see what his youthful squad can do in pool play.
"I'm pretty proud right now," he said. "It was a tough loss to Suburban and I was a little worried after that, but we recovered."
Tuesday's match-ups: As the District 3 champ, Suburban will battle North Pocono at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School at 5 p.m.
North Pocono, the third-seed from District 2, eliminated the Trojans from the state playoffs three years ago. Now Suburban will look for revenge as things come full-circle.
Dover will face District 12 champion Masterman at the Community College of Philadelphia at 4 p.m.
York Suburban and Northeastern will move on to Pool A next Friday with victories on Tuesday, while Dover will advance to Pool B with a triumph.
District 3-AA Title Game stats: York Suburban - Jaryd Eshler: 16 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace; Ted Hinnenkamp: 8 kills, 1 blcok, 4 digs; Jacob Kauffman: 5 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs, 1 ace; Brad Hartshorne: 4 kills, 4 blocks, 4 digs; Fred Gard: 3 kills, 2 blocks, 7 digs, 1 ace, 1 assist; Kody Deiter: 3 kills, 1 block, 12 digs, 30 assists; Justin Corsa: 7 digs, 3 assists. Dover - Ryan Lamparter: 12 kills, 1 block; Tyler Lehman: 9 kills, 1 ace; Brendan Warren: 3 kills, 1 block, 5 digs; Tyler Wiley: 9 digs; Brandon Krone: 26 assists, 2 kills.