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Canes' Corner with Ryan Shaffer

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.