CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Canes' Corner is a Q&A series looking at the 2013 Miami volleyball team.
Each day leading up to the beginning of volleyball season on Aug. 30, a new Canes' Corner will be released giving @CanesVB fans a chance to get to know their favorite playerss.
This edition of Canes' Corner features senior defensive specialist Ryan Shaffer.
Name: Ryan Shaffer
Hometown: San Jose, CA
High School: Archbishop Mitty High School
Major: Sport Administration
I committed to Miami over other schools because: I liked the people and the weather.
When I think of Miami volleyball, I think of: great experiences and fun times.
My favorite part of being a Hurricane volleyball player is: traveling with the team.
If I had to describe the team in one word it would be: "loud."
Coral Gables is different from my hometown because: everything happens a lot later at night, like dinner.
The biggest adjustment from high school to college has been: living on my own.
When I committed to the University of Miami, I felt: excited.
I love volleyball because: it's fun.
My favorite moment in my volleyball career was: beating FSU at Miami when they were ranked 6th in the country.
I started playing volleyball at age: 9.
Favorite Athlete: Buster Posey
Favorite Professional Sports Team: San Francisco Giants
Favorite Meal: Salmon and rice and veggies
Favorite Candy: Dark chocolate covered almonds
Favorite Movie: Inglorious Bastards
Favorite TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
Favorite Music Artist: Justin Timberlake
My first pet was: A cat named Rawlings
My favorite place on campus is: Starbucks.
My favorite University of Miami alumni is: The Rock.
The farthest place from home I've been is: here in Miami.
If I could be any celebrity, I would be: Miley Cyrus.
My favorite class at UM has been: Sports Leadership.
My favorite car is: the Jeep Wrangler.
If I could take a vacation anywhere in the world, I would travel to: Greece.
In my spare time, I like to: relax.
My favorite sport to watch on TV is: baseball.
My nicknames are: Ryn and Ry.
My pregame rituals are: eating and hanging out with the team.